Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will today meet with Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates over the state’s bid to lure the 2032 Olympic Games to the state’s south-east.
The bid was put on hold in March when the pandemic began taking precedence, with talks resuming today after the months-long pause.
Ms Palaszczuk announced that Queensland would be throwing its hat into the ring for the 2032 Games, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison also backing the bid. If successful the Games would create as many as 130,000 jobs for the state.
However, the prospective hosts would need to hold off first-time host challengers Qatar, India and Indonesia, along with a potential bid from China, who last hosted the Games in 2008.
If successful, 2032 would be the third time Australia would play host to the Olympics, with Melbourne first welcoming the Games in 1956 and Sydney hosting in 2000.
Projections estimate that hosting the event would see tens of billions of dollars flow into the state, while providing key infrastructure for future decades.