On the spot

 Councillor Adrian Schrinner

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia

The World Union of Olympic Cities and its Members are very pleased to welcome the City of Brisbane as a new Member of the association. What do you expect from this membership and how would you like to contribute to the work and life of the Association? 

Brisbane is thrilled to be elected Host City for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and honoured to be accepted as the 44th member of the World Union of Olympic Cities. The Union plays a critical role in connecting past and future host cities, the International Olympic Committee and international sport communities. Brisbane will benefit enormously from the global experience and knowledge of this network 

The City of Brisbane has been awarded the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. What does this event represent for your city and communities?

The Brisbane 2032 Games will shine a spotlight on our incredible city.
The Games provide us with a golden opportunity to stage Queensland’s largest ever sporting event and leverage social and economic benefits for our growing population.
For the next generation of local Olympians and Paralympians, it means the possibility of competing in front of their home crowd.

How do you plan to build upon the preparation of the Games to leave a long-lasting legacy for your population?

The Games are set to deliver $8.1 billion in benefits to Queensland, including a $4.6 billion tourism and trade boost and $3.5 billion in health, volunteering and community improvements.
We want to ensure that these benefits flow directly to our residents and are committed to delivering a Games that leaves a long-lasting legacy for the city.
As one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, investment in infrastructure is critical to our future.
The Games present a unique platform for working with other levels of government on city-shaping projects, including Brisbane Metro, Green Bridges and the transformation of Victoria Park, to deliver not just a fantastic event but a region ready to cater for enormous growth.

As the Games will not take place until 2032, how do you plan to maintain your momentum and keep the population engaged?

Understanding challenges and learning for past host cities is critical in planning for Brisbane 2032.
Membership to the World Union of Olympic Cities allows us access to world-class insights and resources to deliver impactful and successful Games. We now have several years to get ready for Brisbane 2032, and remain committed to delivering sustainable, long-term outcomes.
With a decade to go before our Games, obviously Brisbane 2032 has a longer delivery timeframe than previous Games and keeping residents informed about our plans and our progress will be important.

It seems that Brisbane is on the rise as Australia’s sporting capital. How have you been using and how will you use this status to improve access to sport for all, health, and education?  What considerations are being given to city branding?

Brisbane has always been a sought-after destination for major sporting events. We have hosted and continue to host a wide range of events such as the NRL Magic Round, 2020 AFL Grand Final, PGA Championship and more.
You can’t buy the type of name recognition the Olympic and Paralympics Games brings to a city. We look forward to leveraging the prestige of this honour to strengthen our sporting reputation and deliver the best outcomes for residents long after torch flame is extinguished.