Next steps in planning for Games Legacy

Published Friday, 26 May, 2023 at 08:36 AM


Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

Next steps in planning for Games Legacy

  • Thousands have their say on lasting legacy of Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Key focus on inclusion, sport, health, environment, connectivity and economy
  • Legacy consultation paper and survey is now open for comment until 25 June 2023
  • Final Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan to be released this year.

Nearly 14,000 ideas have been shared as part of planning for the legacy of the Brisbane 2032 OIympic and Paralympic Games.

The Hopes and Dreams submissions as well as feedback from the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Forum held in March form the basis of a consultation paper - Elevate 2042 - released today.

As the name suggests, Elevate 2042 focuses on the years leading up to the Games and the ten year after, in order to maximise the economic, social, environmental and other benefits of hosting this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Draft themes highlighted in Elevate 2042 include:

  • Sport, health and social inclusion
  • A better future for our environment
  • Connecting regionally and globally
  • Economy, jobs and innovation.

Key suggestions include:

  • Building the most sustainable venues
  • A First Nations Cultural Centre
  • Construction of ‘Innovation Clusters’ focusing on augmented reality, bio-medical and environmental technology
  • Planting a Legacy Forest
  • Enhanced and inclusive mass transit solutions.

The consultation paper also lays out a draft vision for our Games legacy aspirations:

‘By 2042, a child born today has more opportunities in life, in an inclusive society and a connected region’.

The final Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan will be released in late 2023, in partnership between the Queensland Government, Australian Government, Brisbane City Council, Sunshine Coast Council, City of Gold Coast, Council of Mayors (SEQ), Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, and the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

People are encouraged to have their say on Elevate 2042 by visiting to view the Legacy Consultation Paper and survey until 25 June 2023.

Quotes attributable to the Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

“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.

“Pleasingly, bold ideas were suggested on what we can advance by hosting the Games in our backyard. These ideas came from across the state, and beyond.

“That tells me people are embracing this opportunity and I encourage everyone to play their part.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympic and Paralympic Sport and Engagement, Stirling Hinchliffe:

“This is the next step in making the most of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games here in Queensland.

“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.

“A considerable amount of formal and informal discussion on many great ideas for economic and lifestyle legacy has already occurred.

“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.”   

 Quotes attributable to President of the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee Andrew Liveris AO:

“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,” Mr Liveris said.

“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.”  

Quotes attributable to Federal Government Minister for Sport Anika Wells:

“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.

“Our mission for Brisbane 2032 is to foster greater participation in sport so more people reap the preventive health, social inclusion, and connectivity benefits it provides.”

 Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Chair of the South East Queensland Council of Mayors Cr Adrian Schrinner:

“The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games aren’t just four weeks of sport. They’re an opportunity of a lifetime,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Our residents are eager to seize this opportunity to make our cities, our region and our state more sustainable, inclusive and connected.

“A business-as-usual approach isn’t going to cut it. Only through big bold ideas can we deliver a Games Legacy that benefits everyone.”

Quotes attributable to Cr Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast Mayor:

"It's critical Gold Coasters have their say as we shape the future of not only our city but the entire South East Queensland region," said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. 

"Legacy is about maximising opportunities for residents, visitors and business as well as ensuring our natural environment scores gold from the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.

“More accessible green and open space, improvements in sustainable waste and recycling projects and better public transport connectivity will all help shape the SEQ region for the next two decades and beyond."

Quotes attributable to Cr Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Mayor:

“The Sunshine Coast is committed to ensuring that the 2032 Games leave a positive legacy for our region well beyond 2032,” said Cr Jamieson.

“We would be selling our community short if we did not seek to maximise every opportunity afforded from our involvement in the 2032 Games.

“The Legacy Consultation Paper offers an important opportunity for our community to provide feedback and have their say.”

Quotes attributable to Catherine Clark, CEO Paralympics Australia:

The vision and ideas that we’ve seen so far in the consultation process fill Paralympics Australia with confidence that Brisbane 2032 will be the most inclusive Games the world has ever seen,” said Ms Clark.

“By doing so, we create a platform for genuine social change for Australians who live with a disability.

“I urge everyone with an interest in contributing to this once-in-a-generation opportunity to have their say on the Legacy Consultation Paper and play their part in creating a more inclusive Australia through the power of sport.”

Quotes attributable to Matt Carroll, CEO Australian Olympic Committee:

“This consultation process has provided a wonderful insight into the community’s desire to see a lasting legacy for sport in Queensland and Australia leading into and after the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mr Carroll.

“The Hopes and Dreams survey, combined with the Legacy Forum, certainly reinforced how important sport is to a broad cross-section of Queenslanders and Australians, in creating a healthier and happier community.”


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