28 July, 2021
Somerset Council welcomes 2032 Brisbane Olympics
SOMERSET Regional Council has welcomed the overnight announcement from the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees that Brisbane and South East Queensland (SEQ) will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann is excited to see the announcement come to fruition following years of planning and campaigning.
“We have been a strong supporter of the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Bid ever since former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced his vision to the SEQ Council of Mayors in 2015 and asked us to join the bid team,” Cr Lehmann said.
“The Games represent a great opportunity for Somerset to build on recent economic success. By the time the Games come to SEQ the Somerset population is projected to have grown from 26,000 people to about 34,500 people. The Games will bring opportunities for us to grow even further.”
The Games are projected to bring an estimated $8.10 billion in economic and social benefits to Queensland and support an estimated 91,600 jobs over a 20-year period.
“We congratulate the Premier of Queensland, Anastacia Palaszczuk and the current Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner in leading this successful Bid. We look forward to working with all levels of Government and the Organising Committee to support the planning of the event and ensure positive outcomes for Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Council continues to work with former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk as the head of the Somerset Lockyer Water Collaborative which aims to deliver water security and food security for SEQ. This is an important project for Council and we are very pleased to have Graham Quirk on board with this bid as well.”