There was a tangible buzz at my kids’ school sports carnival last week after the world learned that Brisbane would play host to the 2032 Olympic Games. I can’t wait to see their extra motivation on show when little athletics starts up again at Springwood Sharks (training and competing out of Meadowbrook).
For an entire generation of athletes, the dream of winning gold on home soil becomes closer to reality. And in 11 years’ time, the same kids collecting ribbons at the sports carnival last week could be standing on the world stage collecting Olympic gold.
These Olympics will be transformational for Queensland, providing $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits and 91,600 full-time equivalent jobs.
It means a decade of new opportunities that will drive Logan’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan forward.
With our Buy Queensland procurement approach, we will ensure that it’s local workers that will benefit from our investment every step of the way.
With a Queensland Olympics and Buy Queensland, we are backing well-paid local jobs, small business, local manufacturing and job opportunities for Queensland apprentices and trainees.
We will put Queenslanders first on the podium when it comes to delivering the event and the infrastructure it requires.
We will put Queensland tradies first in constructing new venues, Queensland engineers first in the transport projects and Queensland farmers first in procuring the food and beverages for the fans.
A Queensland Olympics will be a world record in local procurement.
The Palaszczuk Government has backed Queenslanders to win gold time and time again when facing Olympic-sized challenges, and Brisbane 2032 will be no different.
With all this talk of Queensland’s success, it’s easy to forget the delayed 2020 games are now underway in Japan. Local gymnast Alannah Mathews is going for gold in the group all-round category and we’ve got our fingers crossed for her. Go Alannah!