Cashing in on the Brisbane Games

IPSWICH has left the starting blocks early with community leaders coming together recently for an Ipswich 2032 Legacy Summit.

The summit was called to discuss local opportunities from the upcoming 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said council brought the community together to share ideas to ensure the district could harness every benefit that will come from the Games

“Olympians, Paralympians, business leaders, government, community and cultural organisations shared ideas of how we can pull together to achieve our common goals and create a vision of what Ipswich can become,” she said.

“One of the outcomes from the summit is to form a Legacy Working Group to help shape the game’s roadmap and come up with an adaptable masterplan as we move forward.

“We want to hear from all sections of our sports-mad and proud Ipswich community and from business leaders about our city’s vision for culture, sport, environment, community, and economic development in the lead-up to the 2032 Games.”

Cr Nicole Jonic said the summit sought to create a picture of what the city could look like after the athletes and visitors have left Australia’s shores.

“The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bring with it a unique opportunity for Ipswich, the fastest growing city in Queensland, to develop the economic, infrastructure and tourism benefits,” Cr Jonic said.

“Our planning has been given a kickstart as we heard from former lord Mayor Graham Quirk, from EKS – the team who helped develop the Olympic bid and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Wayne Gerard and five-time Olympian Natalie Cook.

“The preparation and delivery of the Games will require the input of workers with various skills and expertise, and we want those jobs to benefit Ipswich residents and the summit has given us a head start.

“Now is the time to define the legacy we want to leave for future generations.”

Ipswich’s hopes of staging an Olympic event at the new Lions Centre of Excellence in Springfield is still up in the air following the decision by the IOC to drop the pentathlon from the next two Games.

The pentathlon was the discipline ear-marked for Springfield.

The equestrian leg of the heptahlon came under heavy criticism from animal welfare activists following a recent Games and as a result has been eliminated from future competitions.

The pentathlon’s governing body is struggling to find a suitable replacement for the equestrian component leaving the sport in serious doubt of ever been included on an Olympic schedule again.

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