The International Olympic Committee Members have voted to elect Brisbane as the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Host City.
In welcoming the announcement, Australian Constructors Association CEO, Jon Davies, said the games provide an incredible opportunity for the Queensland Government to showcase innovation and leave a skills legacy.
“This is the longest run up that any host nation has had to deliver the Olympic Games and we must not waste this opportunity,” Mr Davies said.
“Queensland will be the first host nation to deliver an Olympic Games within budget if it engages early with industry to get the planning right.”
“We need to plan the right infrastructure and appropriately stage it so we can efficiently deliver the project pipeline.”
He said the opportunity is not just about delivering the games to time and cost.
“The Olympics really gives us the chance to think big and to create a new legacy that will build Queensland’s workforce capability and capacity and innovation,” Mr Davies said.
“Let’s set skills legacy targets and unleash innovation so we not only deliver high-quality infrastructure but set the construction industry on a more sustainable path.”
“To realise this opportunity all levels of government need to work together with industry.”
The Australian Constructors Association believes now is the critical time to move forward with the South East Queensland City Deal.
“Now is the time to get the planning right and secure agreement from all levels of government on a forward pipeline of projects will provide greater certainty for investment,” Mr Davies added.
“With transport infrastructure a key consideration for hosting the Olympic Games, the Games could be a catalyst for the development of visionary infrastructure such as Faster Rail.”