Ten years out, Liveris advises on what will make Olympics spectacular

Brisbane Olympics organisers have implored potential commercial partners to do their homework as a sustainable tone is set 10 years out from the Games.

Jul 22, 2022, updated Jul 22, 2022
Brisbane 2032 Olympics organising committee president Andrew Liveris  (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Brisbane 2032 Olympics organising committee president Andrew Liveris (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

A year on from the Queensland capital’s Olympic confirmation, Brisbane Organising Committee for the Olympic Games president Andrew Liveris is heading a skeleton staff you can count on one hand.

That will grow to several thousand as the Games near though, while six new venues and eight redeveloped facilities among 22 Brisbane competition sites will drive the city’s transformation in the meantime.

All of those will be legacy projects for a growing population and part of a 10-year development plan already in place before the Games was confirmed.

Darwin-born Liveris, a global business leader and former boss of Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical Company, hopes to appoint a Brisbane 2032 chief executive before year’s end and says his inbox has never been this full.

“Now we’re at the wide end of the funnel … (we have to) put in place a culture of planning to achieve our budget and legacy goals,” he said.

“We’ve got to bottle that (interest and energy from potential partners) up and release it appropriately.

“Across the 10-year project, there will be opportunity for involvement, whether you’re an athlete, volunteer, spectator, sponsor, supplier, employee, contractor, artist, engineer, doctor or any other profession.

“Olympic and Paralympic Games draw on the skills and contributions of the entire community in the most innovative ways.”

He said there would be a focus on minority and local business in their procurement process but that there must be alignment.

“Learn about the commitments we’ve made and think about how you could contribute, either as an individual or business,” he said.

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“Consider if your business is ‘Brisbane 2032 Ready’.

“I encourage everyone to do your planning homework like we are and be ready to put your best foot forward.”

Brisbane 2032’s IOC coordination commission chair Kirsty Coventry welcomed debate over possible sports, including E-games, for Brisbane debuts but said it was too early to formally begin those discussions.

Venues in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast will run ‘Have a Go’ Olympic and Paralympic stations on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of the decade-long runway to the Games.

* Brisbane Arena (Roma Street Parklands): Swimming, Water Polo
* Redland Whitewater Centre (Redlands): Canoe
* Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre (Petrie, Moreton Bay): Boxing
* Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre (Albion, Brisbane): Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball
* Chandler Indoor Sports Centre (Chandler): Gymnastics, Wheelchair Basketball
* Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre (Kawana Sports Precinct or Maroochydore): Basketball.

* The Gabba, Wyaralong Rowing Centre, Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Brisbane International Shooting Centre, Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Centre, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Toowoomba Sports Ground, Cairns’ Barlow Park.

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