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AUSTRALIA will this week be cheering Jess Fox as she competes for gold in kayak and canoe slalom events at the Tokyo Olympics.

Had all gone to plan, Park Ridge would be hosting new Aussie heroes at the 2032 Olympics – at a new purpose-built facility.

But the winner, it seems, is Redlands, provisionally listed as the venue for whitewater slalom.

Now, land designated for the new course at Park Ridge will revert to parkland.

And MyCity Logan believes the city’s leaders will be involved in high-level discussions to rectify a gaping hole in what was supposed to be a regional Olympic Games.

Mayor Darren Power was diplomatic in his response.

Council has worked on a proposal for an Olympics-standard white water facility at Park Ridge since 2016,” he said.

“While the Games bid papers indicated that the canoe slalom competition in 2032 may not be hosted in the City of Logan, council will continue to engage with the Queensland Government and the 2032 Games Organising Committee on possible
Olympics competition and training opportunities.

“With an 11-year runway into the Games, we are looking forward to the role the city, our sporting facilities and our logistics operations could play to help deliver a highly successful 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games.”

Both council and business leaders have hailed the 2032 announcement a boon for the local economy.

They say there will be opportunities for local businesses to cash in.

“The City of Logan is well-positioned to benefit,” Cr Power said.

“While the Brisbane 2032 bid first-stage masterplan did not include the City of Logan as a venue zone, Logan City Council looks forward to securing Games-led investment in the city over the next 11 years.”

By that, Cr Power was referring to infrastructure projects that would come as a by-product of the Games, with significant funding already slated for projects such as fast rail.

It would also provide an opportunity for council to strengthen its advocacy wishlist which includes priority projects for the region, including key roads.

“Faster Rail” would connect all major centres within Southeast Queensland with a 45-minute regional connectivity.

Brisbane would connect to the Gold Coast via Logan.

“The Faster Rail concept between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast (North Coast Connect) is currently subject to a business case process,” says a statement on the Southeast Council of Mayors website.

Planning for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games needs to start immediately, and it must include key transport infrastructure.

Council of Mayors director Karen Williams is also mayor of Redland City, which under current proposals, will be getting a new whitewater facility.

At a lunch last week she said a regional Olympics was the perfect opportunity to deliver infrastructure across the region.

“Everyone involved in the Brisbane 2032 journey should be proud of what they have achieved; these Games have the potential to deliver a positive legacy for generations to come and we now have an obligation to do all we can to ensure that occurs,” she said.

“We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to leverage off the 2032 Games and we owe it to our communities to grab the opportunity with both hands.”

She also spoke about unity.

“The Brisbane 2032 proposal showed what can be achieved when three levels of government work together,” Cr Williams said.

“This unity was one of the reasons the IOC selected our proposal, and it must continue if we are going to deliver the transport projects to move our residents around the region, not only for the Games but beyond.”

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