Annastacia Palaszczuk is almost a year behind schedule with crucial planning for the 2032 Olympics, with a source calling the Games’ behind-the-scenes power plays a “f*** fight”.
Under the terms of the Queensland Government’s agreement with the International Olympic Committee, the Games infrastructure authority should have been in place by last Christmas.
It is understood that behind-the-scenes deals in Labor have delayed the process, with claims of bureaucratic infighting and who gets plum Olympic roles.
Annastacia Palaszczuk is almost a year behind schedule with crucial planning for the 2032 Olympics, with a source calling the Games power plays behind the scenes a ‘***fight’ (pictured, Queensland Premier with his Deputy Prime Minister Stephen Miles)
Proud Queenslanders reveled in the news as then-Prime Minister Scott Morrison said ‘Brisbane was aiming for the stars’, but the Queensland Government is already well behind schedule in its planning.
The haggling increases fears that crucial infrastructure such as athletes’ villages, sports venues, road and rail networks will not be ready in time.
Although the Games are 10 years away, organizers cannot afford the luxury of any delays, as inevitable problems such as flooding and labor disputes risk slowing down the delivery of major projects.
A Labor source described the Olympic turf wars going on behind the scenes as “a *** fight”, the Mail Mail reported.
Although the Games are 10 years away, organizers cannot afford the luxury of any delays as inevitable issues such as flooding and labor disputes are likely to slow the delivery of major projects.
Scenes of celebration erupted in Brisbane on Wednesday night after the city received the 2032 Olympics
“The feds are not happy. People are extremely concerned and very frustrated with the snail’s pace of the rollout,” the source said.
Palaszczuk’s government is feared to struggle as delays worsen due to inevitable delays from predicted La Nina-related flooding, combative unions and skyrocketing costs for any construction.
Brisbane won the Olympics and Paralympics in July 2021 and Ms Palaszczuk quickly appointed herself minister responsible.
Brisbane won the Olympics and Paralympics in July 2021 and Ms Palaszczuk quickly appointed herself minister responsible. She was seen at the April 2021 press conference to unveil the billion dollar plan to upgrade the Gabba in Brisbane
Haggling over Olympic contracts and jurisdiction increases fears that crucial infrastructure such as athletes’ villages, sports venues, road and rail networks will not be ready in time
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles has secured the crucial role of Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Olympic infrastructure.
“Miles wants as much control as possible so he can hand out ‘Olympic freebies’ to MPs in the event of a leadership battle,” the source said.
Miles and Palaszczuk are both Queensland candidates for the board of directors of the Brisbane Olympic Games Organizing Committee (BOCOG), which was established in April 2022.
The body that needs to be set up to provide the infrastructure is called the Olympic Coordination Authority (OCA).
Under its agreement with the IOC, it should have been created within five months of the announcement that Brisbane would host the scintillating event.
Ms Palaszczuk promised last month that this would be announced in September, but her government is said to be negotiating with the federal government to contain the crucial infrastructure body within existing departments.
This is a departure from planning for previous Games.
The body would be responsible for athlete accommodation, new venues and improvements such as the billion-dollar Gabba redevelopment – which could cost “significantly” more than previously thought.
Ipswich Stadium is one of the new venues to be built ahead of the 2032 Olympics (artist’s impression pictured)
Under the Queensland government’s agreement with the IOC, a key infrastructure body should have been created within five months of the announcement that Brisbane would host the Olympics
The body must also overhaul transport systems so that they can cope with the hundreds of thousands of additional people in the city during Games time.
One of the most controversial projects during early discussions was the $6 billion Cross River Rail, which currently falls under the transport portfolio.
An early estimate said staging the Games would cost taxpayers more than $5 billion, but it is understood the bill will skyrocket when infrastructure urgently needs to be built due to delays.
Suncorp Stadium is one of several existing facilities in South East Queensland which will comprise over 80% of the venues for the 2032 Olympics.
The federal government has pledged to cover half of the costs while Queenslanders will pay the other half.
In October, Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck admitted that the Games would cost more than the initial estimate of $5 billion.
‘It will probably be a little over five [billion]given the transport infrastructure and the infrastructure for the Games,” he told 4BC.
Palaszczuk with Andrew Liveris, Chairman of the Brisbane Olympic Games Organizing Committee (BOCOG)
Another key figure in the success of the Games is Australian business executive Andrew Liveris, who was named BOCOG President by Scott Morrison.
Mr. Liveris was an adviser to Donald Trump between April and September 2020 on Covid-19.
BRISBANE 2032 OLYMPIC GAMES – THE PLAN
Cost: $5 billion, estimated
Economic benefit: Queensland – approximately $8.1 billion, plus $8.6 billion in increased export opportunities and $20.2 billion in international tourism spending. Australia – estimated at $17.6 billion.
Proposed dates: July 23 – August 8, 2032
Site (s : 32 venues for 28 sports in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Sydney
Brisbane: 22 locations. Brisbane’s popular sports and entertainment venues including Suncorp Stadium (rugby), Ballymore (hockey), Gabba (athletics), Chandler Sports Complex (cycling, shooting, diving, gymnastics), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center (table tennis, badminton, fencing, taekwondo), Brisbane Showgrounds (horse riding), Royal Queensland Golf Club (golf), Victoria Park (BMX, horse riding) and Queensland Tennis Center (tennis).
New venues to be built will include the Moreton Indoor Sports Center (boxing), Redland Whitewater Center (canoeing/slalom) and Ipswich Stadium (modern pentathlon).
Brisbane Athletes’ Village: 300 hectare site in North Shore Hamilton.
Golden Coast: Six rooms. Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center (weightlifting, volleyball preliminaries), Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Center (judo, wrestling), Broadbeach Park Stadium (beach volleyball), Broadwater Parklands (triathlon), Coomera Indoor Sports Center (volleyball ball, wheelchair rugby), Stade Robina (football, preliminaries).
A residential village for 2,600 Gold Coast-based athletes and officials will be built in Robina.
Sunny coast: Four rooms. Sunshine Coast Stadium (football – preliminaries), Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Center (basketball – preliminaries), Alexandra Headlands (cycling – road, athletics – marathon, walking, sailing – kitesurfing); Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Center
Satellite Sunshine Coast Athletes Village in the heart of Maroochydore Central Business District
Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns (Football Preliminaries)
Sydney and Melbourne (football preliminaries and quarter-finals)