Council formally backs Olympics bid, fittingly after marathon session

A rare closed doors meeting of Brisbane City Council last night voted to support the city’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after spending eight hours poring over details of how to satisfy the financial and infrastructure demands from staging the events.

Mar 23, 2021, updated Mar 24, 2021
Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates. (Photo: Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS)

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates. (Photo: Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS)

All councillors except the Greens Jonathan Sri voted in favour of the bid, a significant milestone in the quest to host the Games.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner last week announced the special meeting – the first to be held behind closed doors since 2007 – describing it as one of the most momentous in the city’s history.

Schrinner wanted to show the International Olympic Committee that there is bipartisan council support for hosting the 2032 Games.

Included on the agenda was discussion on preferred venues for the Games and associated infrastructure, which prompted the decision to close the meeting to media and the public.

The council heard five briefings in all from government and Australian Olympic Committee representatives, including AOC president John Coates.

Despite speculation that the bid is all but assured of success, Coates warned in Brisbane last week that it was “not a done deal”.

The IOC’s Future Host Commission designated Brisbane as a “preferred candidate city” last month, triggering the start of detailed discussions between the commission, the city and the AOC, or what is known in Olympic parlance as “targeted dialogue”.

This is likely to lead to a final meeting with the Future Host Commission in May but Coates said Brisbane needed to use the dialogue as a means of demonstrating the quality of the bid.

“If it is Queensland’s time – use it wisely,” he told a Committee for Brisbane function.

“As is the Queensland way, in order to secure the Olympics, it must continue to be hard work, day and night, dreaming big and achieving bigger.”

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