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Qld blueprint for 2032 Olympics and beyond unveiled

The Queensland government have revealed its blueprint for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and the years after as part of a bold 20-year plan.



A 20-year strategy for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics and beyond has been unveiled by the Queensland government.


Organisers say the bold plan may also provide the blueprint for many more Olympics to come.


The Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy strategy - Elevate 2042 - was released on Friday after a year of community consultation and more than 14,000 suggestions.


It details how Queensland will not only prepare for the Brisbane Games but also use it as a catalyst for what the state government believes will be a dramatic transformation.


"Our Games ... were always about much more than a few weeks of events," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.


He said people wanted the Games to focus on not only sport but also inclusion for disabled and First Nations people, a more connected community and a better environment.


The strategy's major projects include transport infrastructure upgrades, the Gabba redevelopment and urban renewal, a Paralympic Centre of Excellence, turning the athletes' village into a housing project and planning a First Nations cultural centre.


However 2032 Games organising committee president Andrew Liveris said the strategy may also set the tone for all future Olympics.


Mr Liveris said International Olympic Committee (IOC) colleagues were "gobsmacked" by the plan at the recent session in Mumbai, India.


"We were universally acclaimed as a one-of-a-kind presentation, even compared to Paris," he said.


"The Indian ... (Olympic) representatives ... came and grabbed me and said 'we haven't had our Games yet but we want to learn from you for our bid'."


Mr Liveris said the strategy's focus on not only sport but also inclusiveness, First Nations people, access for people with disabilities and sustainability were considered the future by the IOC. 


"The Games maybe historically have had a somewhat let's call it neutral or maybe negative impact as far as impact on the city that hosted it," he said.


"The IOC is very conscious that that shouldn't happen to future bids.


"So economic and environmental and social legacy is a big piece of what they want from future bids."


The next step will be mapping out an implementation plan in 2024 that will identify priorities and drive delivery of legacy projects up to 2029.


Local communities and businesses will help choose the most important projects for their respective areas.


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