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Planning underway for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Over 100 community and business leaders put their heads together today to help shape the ‘2032 Taskforce’ for the Sunshine Coast, to leverage the opportunities from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 2032 Taskforce is a community initiative led by Special Envoy for the 2032 Games and Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien which aims to maximize the opportunities in the lead up, during and after the 2032 Games.

“The 2032 Taskforce will provide an accessible vehicle for the community to direct their energy, enthusiasm and ideas towards creating tangible outcomes for our region from the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It is particularly exciting to see the community’s early engagement in the Games and the keen interest locally in leveraging this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
This morning’s event expanded on previous community consultations which decided the Taskforce’s terms of reference and scope.

Attendees formed in a number of discussion groups during the event to finalise details of the taskforce’s six subcommittees Arts & Culture, Business & Tourism, Community & Volunteers, Environment & Sustainability, Infrastructure, Sport & Recreation.

Australia’s most celebrated Olympian Dawn Fraser, who was in attendance, said that the taskforce is for future generations.

“It’s not for us,” Dawn Fraser said. “It’s for future generations and to open up the Sunshine Coast to the world.”

“I think the taskforce will help the Sunshine Coast and is going to sky-rocket the future for the kids and I think that’s what we’re looking for.

Mr O’Brien also announced at the event, that the membership of the taskforce will be decided via an expressions of interest process open to the public, with further detail to be provided over the coming weeks.

The event was held in partnership with Regional Development Australia, Sunshine Coast.

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