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Sunshine Coast Council on Tuesday launched its ‘10+10+ vision’ for what the region should seek to achieve as a delivery partner in the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The document was unveiled at Alexandra Headland with members from the Sunshine Coast 2032 Legacy Plan Community Reference Group.

The group worked with council to develop a shared vision and aspirations for the region.

Sunshine Coast Council issued a press release detailing the outcomes that will be sought:

  • New and improved transport systems, including the delivery by the Queensland and Federal governments of a passenger rail service from Beerwah to Maroochydore and an improved Sunshine Coast public transport system to cater for the needs of our growing population.
  • A range of community-based programs that cover areas such as First Nations, arts and culture, volunteering, disability access and inclusivity generally.
  • Programs and projects to protect and enhance our natural environment, which will contribute to achieving the commitment to deliver a climate-positive 2032 Games.
  • Increased hotel and accommodation options, and a focus on developing the Sunshine Coast as an accessible and inclusive tourism destination.
  • Greater participation in community sport, passive and nature-based recreation opportunities, and delivering world-class, accessible multi-purpose sporting venues.
The Sunshine Coast will host Olympic cycling events in 2032. Picture: Alexander Polizzi.

The Legacy Vision is set to guide the region’s engagement with other levels of government, the private and community sectors and Games partners.

Sunshine Coast Council mayor Mark Jamieson said that with only nine years to go until the Games, council was taking the opportunity to set a vision that is bespoke to the region.

“We want our Sunshine Coast community to be the beneficiaries of our involvement in the 2032 Games, with an enduring legacy for current and future generations to enjoy,” he said via the press release.

“Our council is proud to be a delivery partner for the Games and proud that our region will play host to seven Olympic and two Paralympic events across four key venues.

“The legacy is – and rightly should be – much more than our infrastructure needs.

“It also needs to encompass actions that will make a meaningful impact on the liveability and sustainability of our Sunshine Coast.

“We would be selling our community short if we did not seek to maximise the opportunities afforded from our involvement in the Brisbane 2032 Games.

“This has been a critically important and complex task and I particularly want to acknowledge and thank all the members of the Sunshine Coast Legacy Community Reference Group for volunteering their time to create our legacy vision.”

The Legacy Vision guide.

Sunshine Coast Legacy Community Reference Group chair Dr Bridie Kean said the group was extremely proud to have played a role in creating the Legacy Vision.

“Opportunities like these don’t come around often and, when creating the document, the group had the Sunshine Coast community at the forefront of its considerations,” she said.

“We’ve had a wide range of representative voices come together to contribute and collaboratively shape this vision.

“The Brisbane 2032 Games give us a chance to secure a real and valued impact for everyone.

“The work that has gone into shaping the Legacy Vision is, however, really just the beginning.

“The rubber hits the road in converting this vision and its aspirations into outcomes – and everyone across our community and all tiers of government has an important role to play in ensuring this becomes a reality.”

Download a copy of Sunshine Coast 10+ 10+ Vision for Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games on council’s website. 

Sunshine Coast Legacy Community Reference Group members celebrate the 10+10+ Legacy Vision launch.

Sunshine Coast Legacy Community Reference Group members: Chairperson: Dr Bridie Kean, Delivery Partner, Alex Surf Club: Ashley Robinson, Delivery Partner, Alex Park Conference Centre: Danny Salzke, Delivery Partner, Walker Corporation: Peter Saba, Kabi Kabi Traditional Custodian: Brian Warner, Jinibara Traditional Custodian: Zeitha Jalamala Murphy, Arts and Culture: Skye Parker, Business and Industry: Stan Garland,Community: Michelle Phillips, Education and Research: Dr Peter English, Environment and Sustainability: Chris van der Pol, Olympians/Paralympians: Blake Cochrane, People with a Disability: Lisa Edwards, Sport and Active Recreation: Mark Henricks, Tourism and Events: Matt Stoeckel, Young People: Emma Josey.

Olympic competition events: Marathon – Alexandra Headland (staging area), Race Walking – Alexandra Headland (staging area), Cycle Road Race and Cycle Time Trial – Alexandra Headland (staging area), Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) – Alexandra Headland, Football – Kawana Sports Precinct, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Basketball – Venue options analysis to be undertaken, Mountain Biking – Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Centre, Parklands.

Paralympic competition events: Marathon – Alexandra Headland (staging area), Cycling – Alexandra Headland (staging area).

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