Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

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2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Brisbane in the driver’s seat

The Committee for Brisbane enthusiastically welcomed the news last week that Brisbane has achieved preferred candidate status to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.

A final decision on hosting may come as soon as mid-2021.

For the past year, the Committee’s Brisbane 2033: Olympics and Paralympics Taskforce has been developing a suite of proposed legacies for south east Queensland – transferrable across the State – that speak to long-term and permanent benefits to the community from hosting the Games.

That Paper, entitled Brisbane 2033: Our Olympics and Paralympics Legacies will be officially launched in Brisbane on Friday 19 March by the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates AC.

We’ve called our Paper “2033” – referencing the year after a 2032 Olympics and Paralympics and asking, if we look back one year on, what should the legacies be?

The Committee intends to focus much of its Olympics and Paralympics energy and activity on legacies and the community.

In addition to the John Coates launch, on 9 March the CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee, Matt Carroll, will be in Brisbane to brief CFB Affiliates about the business opportunities associated with preparing for and hosting the Games.

Of critical interest will be exploring how the south east, and all of Queensland, can benefit from the Games – the events themselves and the 11 years leading up to them.

Major Event Announcement: Brisbane 2033 and our Olympic and Paralympic Legacies

Don’t miss this lunch event with AOC President John Coates AC launching the Committee’s Paper Brisbane 2033: Our Olympic and Paralympic Legacies.

In Mr Coates’ first public keynote address since the IOC announced Brisbane’s preferred candidacy, he will officially launch the Paper and discuss the legacy opportunities and critical timelines to 2032.

Join us for this seminal event that will outline the legacy potential for our region’s industry, communities and future generations.

Tickets are available here  If you purchase a table of ten consider hosting a young Olympian or future Olympian at your table – just contact us on

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Time to re-start the SEQ City Deal

Following disappointment at the mid-2020 announcement that the important SEQ City Deal had been postponed, the Committee for Brisbane and nine other organisations have recently written to the Federal and State Governments and the Council of Mayors (South East Queensland) to call for the project to re-start.

Together with AI Group, Australian Constructors Association, Civil Contractors Federation Qld, Housing Industry Association, Infrastructure Association of Queensland, Master Builders Queensland, Engineers Australia, Property Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld), we are seeking improved engagement with industry on the Deal.

Between the organisations, we have access to thousands of employers and employees, including companies and individuals with substantial national and international experience on city/region building, and we are keen for that to benefit the SEQ City Deal.

We confirmed in the letter that we remain committed to the aspirations of the SEQ City Deal to help improve regional connectivity, drive more knowledge jobs and export jobs, and enhance our lifestyle advantages to attract and retain talent.

Introducing CFB Ambassador Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Who better to have as an Ambassador for the Committee than Brisbane’s former Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson AO?

Sallyanne was Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 1985 to 1991. She is the only woman to have held the position. Sallyanne was the former Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris, former Special Representative for Queensland in South East Asia and former Chair of Queensland Tourism.

She is Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane, President of the Council of The Women’s College at the University of Queensland and member of the Advisory Council of the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland and a Director at Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton.

Sallyanne is also a life member of the National Trust as she was formerly the Vice President in Queensland.

Funding support for the H2Q Hydrogen Industry Cluster

In late January, Queensland’s H2Q Hydrogen Industry Cluster secured seed funding from National Energy and Resources Australia (NERA) – one of 13 hydrogen groups nationally that NERA funded as part of a new national hydrogen cluster.

H2Q is the only Queensland group and the Committee for Brisbane is a founding member.

The NERA grant will enable H2Q to employ a part-time CEO and develop more professional processes and systems to support its Vision and Mission.

H2Q’s launch is scheduled for 23 March 2021 at Parliament House.

Building a greater Brisbane innovation (new economy) ecosystem

The Committee for Brisbane is looking to auspice a monthly “open door” network for business and industry, higher education, government and entrepreneurs to meet and exchange ideas and information as part of an innovation ecosystem.

Accepting a challenge set down by Dr Sarah Pearson, the keynote speaker at our recent event “Building a greater Brisbane innovation ecosystem”, the Committee is now speaking with one of its Patron members about initiating a regular, professional networking forum.

Dr Pearson, who has been involved in establishing innovation ecosystems in Australia and the Pacific, said that camaraderie, collaboration and critical networking would be key elements to success of the “open door” forums which, themselves, were critical supports to building an ecosystem for the new economy.

Welcome to new members

The Committee recently welcomed nine new Members, two Affiliates and five upgrades.


  • Corporate Leader
    • QIC
    • The University of Queensland (upgrade from Patron)
    • Three Plus (upgrade from Patron)
    • St Baker Energy Innovation Fund (upgrade from Patron)
    • C’est Bon (upgrade from Patron)
    • Architectus (upgrade from Patron)


  • Patron
    • Hatch RobertsDay


  • Corporate Member
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Bird Rides


  • Enterprise Member
    • Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club
    • Enigma Communications


  • Associate
    • Paul Turner
    • Genevieve Atkinson
    • Cameron Costello


  • Affiliate
    • Australian Property Institute (API)
    • Brisbane Writers Festival

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The Committee For Brisbane acknowledges the First Nations People of the region and their continuing connection to and care of the land, waters and community of that region.
We also pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Photos by Tony Elsom