According to The Australian Financial Review, Brisbane has all but secured the Olympic victory it first tried for 29 years ago, but that goal will now trigger a debate about the infrastructure south-east Queensland needs to host the world’s biggest sporting event.
While proposals such as a fast rail line connecting the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast have been around a long time and could play part of the South East Queensland City Deal that is still under negotiation, the 2032 announcement will bring debates about them to a head.
The new ethos around hosting Olympic Games is to avoid costly white elephants, and the Brisbane bid documents emphasise the use of transport infrastructure already in place, boosting it with higher frequency services and extra rolling stock as necessary.
The region’s mayors, however, want the infrastructure boost they say is crucial to serve the fast-growing population of their region.
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