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.
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.