Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will lead the 60-day 2032 Olympic and Paralympic venue infrastructure review to ensure the delivery of value for money and communities.
- Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to lead independent review of Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic venue infrastructure
- The review will focus on the new and upgraded venues to ensure they deliver value for money and community benefits right across Queensland.
- Ken Kanofski and Michelle Morris have also been appointed to conduct the review and deliver an independent report to government within 60 days.
The Queensland Government has welcomed the review by the Queensland Government of 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic venues Master Plan.
The 60-day venue infrastructure review has kicked off, with Premier Steven Miles and Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace announcing former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will lead the review.
The Queensland Government understand global conditions are resulting in cost and labour market pressure for all jurisdictions. These have been evident in the construction sector, and it is a good time to review plans to ensure current and likely future conditions are taken into account.
The Queensland Government wants to ensure the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games leave an enduring Games legacy for Brisbane and south east Queensland, as well as the wider State and the nation long after the closing ceremony is over.
That is why a significant 50/50 co-funding with the Queensland Government has been entered with capped investment for the Brisbane Arena and funding for 16 new or upgraded venues.
“I am looking forward to working on the review with my fellow reviewers and meeting with stakeholders to capture their views,” says Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Mr Graham Quirk.
“This is important work for all Queenslanders which I am pleased to be a part of, having been involved from the inception of the idea of hosting the Games,” says Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Mr Graham Quirk.
“We want to deliver a Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games that brings Queenslanders together and creates legacy benefits for decades to come,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.
“I’m determined to end the division and bring people together, which is why I’ve committed to this 60-day review and establishing a delivery authority,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.
“The mission is simple, make sure the Games work for Queensland and delivers for Queenslanders.
“Graham Quirk enjoys great community respect and oversaw the development of the Prefeasibility and Feasibility Studies for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.
“Ken Kanofski has strong infrastructure experience and Michelle Morris will harness her expertise in major international events as part of this review.
“We’re going to deliver value-for-money Games venues which benefit Queenslanders long after the Games are over, and the review will help us to achieve that,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.
The review will be informed by targeted consultation and relevant advice from a broad range of stakeholders.
It will include both major sports venues (the Gabba and the Brisbane Arena) and the program of new and upgraded minor sports venues.
The review will assist the Queensland Government in assessing infrastructure investments to be made against key criteria, including:
- Value for money;
- Deliverability; and
- Community legacy.
Findings will be provided to the Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace on Monday 18 March 2024.
“In the lead up to the Brisbane 2032 Games over the next decade, we’re going to see infrastructure investment on a vast scale throughout Queensland,” says Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace.
“This will deliver more economic activity, more jobs and legacy infrastructure that will benefit Queenslanders in coming decades.
“We need to make sure we get these infrastructure investments right and I look forward to receiving the report from these three eminent individuals,” says Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace.
“We’ve already said we’re not going to pre-empt the outcomes of this review, which I know will be carried out without fear or favour,” says Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace.
The Miles Government will also establish a delivery authority for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games which will be operational towards the middle of 2024.
Queenslanders are invited to have their say by emailing their feedback here.
Click here to view the Terms of Reference for the independent review of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic venue infrastructure.
Panel member profiles
- Mr Quirk served as Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 2011 to 2019. During this time as Chair of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) he oversaw the development of the Prefeasibility and Feasibility Studies for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He had previously served as Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Chair in Brisbane City Council. Mr Quirk has previously been a member of the Infrastructure Australia Board and is currently a Member of the Board of Racing Queensland and Racing Australia. Among other roles he is also a Board Member of Unity Water.
- Mr Kanofski is a board chair and independent adviser to governments and the corporate sector. Mr Kanofski has 20 years of experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the NSW Government, including as CEO of Roads and Maritime Services and the Land and Housing Corporation. Mr Kanofski led the Independent Strategic Infrastructure Review for the NSW Government in 2023.
- Ms Morris is a Principal and Director of MI Global Partners which specialises in leading and partnering to deliver events, sport and place projects. MI Global’s Olympic partnerships have included Tokyo 2020, Rio 2016, Sochi 2014, London 2012, Beijing 2008, and Athens 2004. Their sport partners include the International Olympic Committee, World Rugby, Cricket Australia and Basketball Australia. Ms Morris has led and delivered technical bids for major internal events, such as securing the ICC T20 World Cup 2028 bid for Australia and New Zealand and the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 bid for Australia.
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