The Queensland government has done very little community consultation during the bidding process for Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympics. This is concerning when the International Olympic Committee has confirmed Brisbane as the preferred host city. We’re likely to see a final decision as early as July. I'm hosting a community meeting to bring together people from across our community and want to create space for community discussion.
What do you think? Would you like to see the Olympics happen at the Gabba?
I think it's also important to hear from people with experience and expertise around mega-events and the impacts they have on local communities and economies.
Come along to hear from your fellow community members, share your thoughts and hear from planning experts about the impacts and benefits of previous games.
What could the Olympics mean for you?
According to the report by the UN Special Rapporteur many cities see decreased housing affordability after hosting mega-events like the Olympics. I’m concerned that accelerated gentrification caused by this bid will cause rents and Council rates to rise, forcing many locals out of the neighbourhood.
We’ll also see significant construction impacts, increased traffic congestion and significant impacts to the final design of the Woolloongabba Cross River Rail Precinct.
On the flipside, with community pressure, the Olympics might lead to some much-need improvements to local infrastructure, and for some local businesses an Olympics will be a welcome announcement.
Come along on Saturday afternoon on 10th July to hear more and discuss!