What do the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games mean to you?

9 days ago by Tiana Andreello

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Worth the wait! We’re so excited that Brisbane has been successful in its bid to be the host city of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is the third time an Australian city has hosted the Olympic Games, following Melbourne in 1956 and more recently, Sydney in 2000.

Our Titan team in Brisbane is absolutely thrilled about this news as it is such a signature moment that the state has worked very hard for. But what does it mean for Brisbane and South East QLD moving forward? Our team has been out and about speaking with many local clients and contacts around the region to gauge their thoughts on what this means for the future of their state.

The announcement today is the start of a process where Brisbane can reimagine the way people move around the region, celebrate our nation’s culture, enhance the amazing liveability and elevate the region’s profile as the place to invest in, visit and call home. From the increase in tourism to building more inclusive and active communities, through to major transportation and infrastructure projects, there is so much opportunity for the sunshine state. It’s safe to say that the locals are excited to see the positive impact that the Olympic Games will bring over the coming years!

Speaking to Robert van der Zant, former Australian Olympian who competed for Australia in 2000, he’s explained how he has lived in Brisbane all his life, how he loves his city, the community and today’s announcement of “the winner is Brisbane!” is all he could have wanted to hear.

“Making an Olympic Team was a dream come true but to make the 2000 Olympics felt even more significant because it was in Australia, Sydney. The thought of being part of an Olympics hosted in my hometown of Brisbane is an overwhelming feeling of pride, excitement & anticipation. My passion for the Olympic movement continues, as a coach of future Olympians, a mentor, and an Olympian myself. -Robert van der Zant, Former Australian Olympian and Head Coach at Yeronga Park Swim Club

It’s estimated that the Brisbane Olympic Games will come with a whopping $5 billion price tag, where the construction of venues alone is anticipated to cost around $690 million. The main projects that have already been discussed include the major redevelopment of the Gabba Stadium. There have also been talks of a proposal for a new Brisbane Arena to replace the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to host the swimming events, along with a new whitewater centre based in Redlands. 

We’ve had the chance to chat with Ivette Nino, an enthusiastic leading civil engineer who is responsible for managing and estimating costs for structural projects through her role at QB&C. She’s excited about how this significant global event will be able to fast track the major upcoming infrastructure projects across South East Queensland.

“It will directly increase employment, new skills, and training opportunities in the infrastructure sector. A major event, such as the Olympics will definitely encourage the development of new alternative ways of transport as: new pedestrian ways, cycling links and bus ways. This will also provide an incentive to fast-track much needed transport projects to enhance the connection between the major urban centre of Brisbane, Ipswich/Springfield, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.” Ivette Nino, Site Engineer at Queensland Bridge & Civil (QB&C), 2020’s Top 100 Women

Last but not least, we’ve had the opportunity to speak with Mike Gillen, the Industry Director – Cities at AECOM Queensland. He’s also President of The Committee for Brisbane, an independent visionary voice for a better Brisbane. Having vast experience working with key private and Government clients advising on infrastructure and urban management outcomes, he’s delighted to see how the state will grasp this opportunity and make it the differentiator for an even better future.

“Make no mistake this is a signature moment for Brisbane and Queensland. Few opportunities allow our civic authorities and industry licence to make a proactive readjustment to how we perform economically and socially, and how we want to be perceived globally and domestically for the next decade and beyond. This is special and it needs to be captured and driven smartly. I’m so pleased and proud of the work that the State, Council of Mayors, Federal Government and Australian Olympic Committee have done to provide us this opportunity.” -Mike Gillen, Industry Director – Cities, AECOM

Kevin Warner, Titan’s General Manager for the East Coast said this announcement paves the way for significant investment across the region and will showcase the liveability of South East QLD to the world. Titan Recruitment have expanded their presence across Brisbane in the past year and this announcement further cements our decision to grow and invest in the region. With specialist consultants across Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Technology we look forward to playing our part in the future of Brisbane.