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Feedback sought on Brisbane Olympics’ legacy

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Feedback sought on Brisbane Olympics’ legacy
Sustainable venues, a First Nations cultural centre, innovation clusters, a legacy forest and better mass transit solutions are amongst the ideas put forward in the first call for suggestions on what the legacy of the Brisbane Olympics in 2032 should be.

Almost 14,000 ideas were put forward through a community call for propositions and through the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Forum, held in March.

The state government has now released a consultation paper, called Elevate 2042, based on these ideas, which open for further feedback until June 25, 2023, with the intention of releasing the final legacy plan for the Games later this year.

The consultation paper, which looks at both the pre-Games legacy and that of the decade following the Olympics, also includes an overall legacy vision for hosting the global sporting event: “By 2042, a child born today has more opportunities in life, in an inclusive society and a connected region.”

Queensland’s premier and the minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the opportunity of the Games extended much further than the event days.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games have never been about a few weeks of spectacle. They are about making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Just as South Bank is a legacy of Expo 88, we are planning now for what the legacy of 2032 will be,” she said.

Queensland’s tourism minister, who is also the minister assisting Palaszczuk on the Olympics, said there had been considerable discussion already on the potentially legacies of the Olympic Games.

“Elevate 2042 brings together the community’s hopes and dreams for 2032 Games legacy and the brightest, considered ideas of the March Legacy Forum in Brisbane.

“The Elevate 2042 paper presents a further opportunity for the broader Queensland and Australian community to shape the longer-term benefits of delivering the world’s biggest event.”  

The federal government is also backing a strong legacy from Brisbane 2032.

The Australian Government will optimise the Games Legacy as we strive towards healthy, active, inclusive, accessible, and equitable sporting communities in our region.

“Brisbane 2032 will extend the legacies of the Games beyond Brisbane, beyond Queensland, and beyond Australia’s border.

The president of the Brisbane 2032 organising committee Andrew Liveris said the consultation paper offered another opportunity for Australia at large to finetune the legacies of the Olympics in Brisbane.

“With an ambitious, clearly defined Legacy Plan, we can use the catalytic effect of the Games to elevate our lifestyles and the health of our communities, across economic, social, emotional and physical aspects.

“Now is the time to refine the thousands of ideas we collectively share into clear themes and objectives that will enhance the Games and go beyond. We invite all Australians to be part of the process,” he said. 

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