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Redland City backs call for Olympic Games feasibility study


Redland City Council has thrown its support behind calls for a South East Queensland feasibility study into hosting the 2028 Olympic Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said councillors unanimously supported her Mayoral Minute at today’s General Meeting, which included endorsing the findings of the SEQ Council of Mayors pre-feasibility study into the possibility of a regional games bid.

“Today councillors have agreed to proceed to the next stage of conducting a feasibility study, which will provide the information we as a region need to decide whether it is in our interests to continue with a formal bid process,” she said.

“The decision follows councillors being briefed on the SEQ Council of Mayors’ pre-feasibility study which showed it was possible for SEQ as a region to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.

“This is just one step in a very long process.  Obviously there are a lot of questions still to be answered, but equally there is a lot of opportunity and we owe it to our communities to gather as much information as possible so an informed decision can be made.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council would use the potential Olympics bid as a catalyst for much-needed infrastructure in Redland City.

“Redland City Council has been crying out for upgrades to our State Government controlled roads and rail line for years and this process could provide the carrot we need to get these projects on the agenda,” she said.

“There is no doubt that to successfully host the Olympics there will need to be new and upgraded infrastructure across the region and today’s decision gives Redland City a seat at the table when the SEQ Council of Mayors asks the State and Federal government for that infrastructure.”

Cr Williams said the next step in the process would provide residents with detail on what it would cost to host the games.

“Obviously everyone wants to know how much it will cost and what would be involved if we were to host the Olympics and the feasibility study will help flesh out that detail so our eyes are open and we can make informed decisions,” she said.

“This isn’t just about the three weeks that the games will be held, the process has the potential to raise the profile of the SEQ region over the coming years, driving economic activity and with it job opportunities.

“There are ongoing tourism and community infrastructure opportunities that all need to weighed-up against the potential costs and all this will be made clearer during the feasibility study.”

The feasibility study is expected to take 12-18 months. Redland City Council will contribute on a pro-rata basis with the funds to be made available at the first budget review.

Local Sporting Stars at Olympic/Paralympic event


The Redlands Olympian and Paralympian Community Celebration on 11 October will be a great chance for people to learn more about our local sporting stars.

The event, to be held 5.30pm-7pm at the Plaza, Norm Price Park- Redland Showgrounds at Long Street, Cleveland will acknowledge the achievements of the local sportsmen and women who competed at the 2012 London games.

Already confirmed to attend are Olympians Arnie Dickins (Judo), Larrissa Miller (Gymnastics) and retiring local gymnast Thomas Pichler (1st reserve, Gymastics), and Paralympians Cameron Carr (Wheelchair Rugby), Bradley Mark (Shooting) and Daniel Fox (Swimming).

Cameron Carr, whose wheelchair rugby team won gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, will also give a short speech at the event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event would be a wonderful opportunity for our junior athletes to see their sporting idols.

“Redland City Council, through our Sport Redlands initiative, is committed to supporting the growth of sports in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“The achievements of these sportsmen and women are amazing, and I hope this community celebration will inspire our junior sportspeople to continue training, growing and developing in their chosen sports.”

The event will also see a demonstration by the Cleveland Air Magic Skipping Team, who with fellow Redlands club the Hot Shots Skipping Team, had great success at the World Skipping Championships in August. The results of members of both teams will be acknowledged as part of the celebrations.

Redlands was well-represented in the 2012 London Games with the following local or formerly local sportspeople taking part (the list below does not reflect attendance at the community celebration):

  • James Connor: diving
  • Arnie Dickins: judo
  • Larrissa Miller: gymnastics
  • Thomas Pichler: gymnastics (first reserve)
  • Cameron Carr: wheelchair rugby
  • Meica Christensen: goalball
  • Daniel Fox: swimming
  • Bradley Mark: shooting
  • Alicia Coutts: swimming
  • Nathan Deakes: race walking
  • Sharleen Stratton: diving

A fundraising sausage sizzle by Capalaba Lions will be available for sale on the night.

Representatives from Redlands sporting groups are encouraged to bring their sign-up information to form part of the ‘Sport Redlands’ Information Stand at the event.

For more information, contact Council’s Events Team on 3829 8648

Mayor to host a community Olympic/Paralympic event


Redlanders are invited to a community celebration of our local London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic competitors at the Plaza, Norm Price Park- Redland Showgrounds on 11 October.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams is hosting the event, which will also acknowledge the success of the Cleveland Air Magic Skipping Team, who won 400 medals at the World Skipping Championships in August.

From 5.30pm-7pm, members of the public can come down to the showgrounds, learn more about our local Olympians and Paralympians and watch a demonstration of Cleveland Air Magic’s amazing skills.

Redland City Mayor, Cr Karen Williams said the event would honour and acknowledge our local Olympic and Paralympic competitors.

“Redland City Council, through our Sports Redlands initiative, is committed to supporting the growth of sports in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This event celebrates sport at its highest level, as well as highlighting the strong grassroots sporting clubs and programs within our City.

“The determination required to compete in elite sports on a world stage is testament to the inner-strength of our Olympians and Paralympians, and is truly inspiring.

“These sportswomen and men are examples of what hard work, dreams, skill and self-belief can achieve and I hope we have lots of people, particularly our junior and future sporting stars, there to celebrate them on the day.

“While some of our sporting stars are already back in training and won’t be able to attend, this is a great opportunity acknowledge their achievements.”

A fundraising sausage sizzle by Capalaba Lions will be available for sale on the night.

Representatives from Redlands sporting groups are encouraged to bring their sign-up information to form part of the ‘Sport Redlands’ Information Stand at the event.

Redlands was well-represented in the 2012 London Games with the following local sportspeople taking part (athletes are yet to confirm their attendance at the community event, the list below is not actual attendance):

  • James Connor: diving
  • Arnie Dickins: judo
  • Larrissa Miller: gymnastics
  • Thomas Pichler: gymnastics
  • Cameron Carr: wheelchair rugby
  • Meica Christensen: goalball
  • Daniel Fox: swimming
  • Jon Horsburgh: goalball
  • Bradley Mark: shooting

Formerly from Redlands:

  • Alicia Coutts: swimming
  • Nathan Deakes: race walking
  • Sharleen Stratton: diving

For more information, contact Council’s Events Team on 3829 8648