South East Queensland is a step closer to hosting the world's biggest sporting event with the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic proposal to go to a full International Olympic Committee vote next month.
SEQ Council of Mayors chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the overnight announcement by the IOC's Executive Board was an important step in what has been a labour of love for the region's Mayors since 2015.
"Six years ago, the Council of Mayors started looking at a regional Olympic and Paralympic Games to bring forward the infrastructure our communities need and to position the region as a global destination for tourism, trade and investment," Lord Mayor Schrinner said.
"Our commitment over the past six years has never waivered and we are honoured the IOC executive board has recommended our proposal be put to IOC members to decide if we should host the Games of the thirty-fifth Olympiad.
"If we are successful, it will deliver a decade of regional benefits for our communities, including a significant employment boost, along with billions of dollars in tourism and trade opportunities.
"We aren't taking anything for granted however, we still need to show the IOC members that we have what it takes to host the Games in 2032, and we will be working hard to do ensure we put our best foot forward."
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen echoed the Lord Mayor's sentiments, saying it was a momentous step in the journey toward securing the Olympic and Paralympic Games for south-east Queensland.
"A lot of work has gone into this, and I acknowledge the work of Council of Mayors and my fellow Mayors across South East Queensland who have also proposed the SEQ City Deal as part of the plan to deliver the Games," he said.
"This agreement across three-levels of government will help deliver the infrastructure we need, not just for the Games, but for our families and our local industries.
"For the Scenic Rim some of the transport benefits outlined in the proposal is the Bromelton - Mount Lindesay Highway connections, rail from Salisbury to Undullah, which is the first step in bringing rail to Beaudesert and other upgrades to Mount Lindesay Highway, which is one of the main access points to our region.
"We are delighted that our beautiful Lake Wyaralong has been identified as the preferred venue for the Games' rowing events, which demonstrates our region's ability to host world-class sporting events.
"Aside from showcasing the region at a global level, the potential economic and social benefits of hosting the Games in South East Queensland will benefit the Scenic Rim for the long-term.
"While today's announcement is encouraging, there are still other steps and processes outlined by the IOC and its Future Host Commission for us to go through before a decision is made."
Mayor Schrinner said the decision to move to a full vote of the IOC followed significant work by all the region's councils.
"This is an example of what can be achieved through determination and collaboration," he said.
"This proposal is the culmination of years of work by the mayors and councils of south-east Queensland, together with our proposal partners from the state and federal government and of course the Australian Olympic Committee.
"When we began this journey six years ago our focus was firmly on creating a positive legacy for our communities and to now be so close to realising that objective is a credit to all involved.
"I would like to thank everyone involved in this proposal to date, including my predecessor former Lord Mayor Quirk and other past Mayors."
Mayor Schrinner said that as part of the announcement overnight, Brisbane 2032 partners had also published a copy of their proposal, outlining their vision as host of the 2032 Games.
"It shows our commitment is firmly on creating a legacy for the community and a key part of that legacy is the jobs and infrastructure our region needs, not just for a Games but beyond.
"We know a 2032 Games can only succeed if the state and federal government deliver a significant investment in transport infrastructure and we will continue to advocate for these projects to ensure local mums and dads can spend more time at home and less time stuck in traffic."
For more information visit seqmayors.qld.gov.au/olympics