Brisbane 2032 is officially official. It’s happening. Secured by the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on a trip to Tokyo.

But the river city’s journey toward olympic status started almost 4 decades ago.

In 1982 Brisbane hosted a successful XII Commonwealth Games.

With wind in his sails, the then Labor Lord Mayor, Roy Harvey, wrote to the IOC on behalf of the Brisbane City Council seeking a 1992 Olympiad.

Canberra Times Clipping – 22 April 1983

One of the biggest draw cards was our crisp, dry winter climate.

There was even a promotional video made at the time called “Shine on Brisbane”.

Brisbane’s bid for the 1992 Olympics was highly regarded but fell short; coming third, Paris second and Barcelona taking out the top prize.

Fast forward nearly 40 years and the river city is now an Olympic city.

A monumental achievement that began with a vision and a letter from a Labor Lord Mayor.

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