- Friday 23 September 2016
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has welcomed the decision by the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (SEQ) to proceed with a feasibility study into a possible 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid for the region.
Mayor Jamieson said the feasibility study would inform the decision about whether or not to proceed with a bid.
The feasibility study will include a long-term, region-wide People Mass Movement study; a detailed analysis of current sporting and performing arts venues and future needs; and a full Olympic feasibility study.
“These studies will deliver highly valuable information and insights that could underpin future planning and decision making on improving the liveability, functionality and connectedness of South-East Queensland in the future regardless of an Olympic bid proceeding,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We need to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the region in the coming decades including how to accommodate a growing population, fund and deliver necessary infrastructure and stimulate the economy.
“The participating Mayors of SEQ have always seen the feasibility study and associated investigations as an opportunity to identify significant improvements in connecting infrastructure which will better link South East Queensland and to have that considered in a robust, planned and considered manner.
“This is about cataloguing and defining the core infrastructure needs for SEQ – the fastest growing region in Australia and home to one in seven Australians.
“The Sunshine Coast’s participation in this feasibility study – and particularly the People Mass Movement Study - will help to guide our priorities and advocacy efforts for the critical regional infrastructure we need as the region continues to grow.
“We will be using this as a platform to secure infrastructure commitments from other levels of government and the private sector in the years ahead.
“Sunshine Coast Council has always recognised the longer term benefit this exercise would provide, not only to this region, but to the broader SEQ in terms of how we position ourselves, not just domestically, but in a global environment.
“There’s a lot of work yet to be done, but we now have the decision to get on with it.
“We look forward to working with our partner councils in South East Queensland to progress this feasibility study, which we expect to be completed before the end of next year.”
Mayor Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council’s funding commitment to the feasibility study process would remain at up to $214,369.