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Council steps out of the ring on Olympics study

Published: 20 September 2016

Council steps out of the ring on Olympics study

Logan City Council will not contribute funding to a region-wide feasibility study into a bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games.

Mayor Luke Smith said Council resolved not to provide approximately $200,000 to support the study without iron-clad guarantees that a successful bid would deliver much-needed infrastructure for the City of Logan.

“Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money to commit to a report, a document that may not deliver any tangible benefits for our residents or businesses,” he said.

“Hosting the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would undoubtedly be something to be proud of but we feel an Olympics held in this region would be promoted internationally as ‘Brisbane 2028’ with limited benefits to the City of Logan.

“Hosting an Olympics generally costs governments far more than the perceived economic benefits they bring to the community and without guaranteed benefits for the people of Logan, our decision has been made to not support the bid any further.”

City Treasurer Councillor Trevina Schwarz said the state and federal governments, which would foot most of the bill to host an Olympics, had been largely silent on the South-East Queensland councils’ bid.

“At this stage, we have had no indication from the state or federal governments that they even support a bid for our region to host an Olympics in 2028,” she said.

“Even if this feasibility study were to come back with compelling reasons to support an Olympics bid, those reasons will carry little weight without the backing from the higher tiers of government.

“If we can’t guarantee the benefits doing this study would deliver for our city then I don’t think we can expect the City of Logan’s ratepayers to foot the bill for a study that could fall over at the first hurdle.”

Despite Logan’s current position on the issue, Mayor Smith praised the initiative of South-East Queensland local governments in working together to investigate the Olympic possibility.

“If the initiative shown by these councils helps to bring an Olympics here then they should be applauded for creating the momentum to deliver a historic opportunity for the region,” he said.