When it comes to the 2032 Olympic Games legacy, the Gold Coast cannot settle for silver.
While Brisbane is already on the front foot to make the most of this singular opportunity with the Committee for Brisbane’s Olympics Legacy Project, our city is not yet out of the starting blocks.
With the southeast Queensland region named the preferred bidder for the Games, it’s as if we’ve been presented with Aladdin’s magic lamp … it’s an opportunity to make our civic wishes and watch them come true.
But, as every good genie must ask, what do we want to wish for?
It may seem that 2032 is more than a decade away (hint: it is) but in terms of construction and infrastructure, that’s merely the blink of an eye. It’s time to start the conversation now.
And that’s precisely the pitch from Dan Barr, the director of Better Cities Group — a Gold Coast consultancy that advises government, ASX-listed companies and the development sector on urban design, economics and city activation.
With qualifications in public health, project management and urban design, Dan has contributed to the delivery of some of the city’s most significant initiatives, including Gold Coast light rail and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“This isn’t about what I want, it’s about what the city wants,” he says.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity to not just dream big but to bring forward the completion of huge pieces of infrastructure by decades.”
Dan says it’s time the city creates its own Olympics legacy group to protect and promote the interests of the city, and he has a shortlist of projects prepared to start the conversation.