Brisbane’s Olympic win is a win for business

Rebecca Andrews, head of Ai Group’s Queensland branch, said businesses all over the country would benefit from the River City hosting the Games in 2032.

“The 2032 Games will deliver a decade of opportunity for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia,” Ms Andrews said.

“It will deliver jobs and critical infrastructure, support the development and growth of supply chains and create new opportunities for trade and investment.”

The regions won’t miss out, with events set to take place in Cairns, Townsville and Toowoomba, as well as on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

The Australian Constructors Association described Brisbane’s win as a gamechanger and a chance to think big.

“This is the longest run-up that any host nation has had to deliver the Olympic Games and we must not waste this opportunity,” the group’s CEO Jon 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.”

It wasn’t all about time and cost, Mr Davies added.

“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,” he 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.”

Ms Andrews said all levels of government should be acknowledged for their planning and collaboration in securing Brisbane’s winning bid.

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Wendy Larter is the Senior Content Writer at Ai Group. She is a former journalist with more than 20 years’ experience as a reporter, features writer, contributor and sub-editor for newspapers and magazines including The Courier-Mail in Brisbane and Metro, News of the World, The Times and Elle in the UK.

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