Why 2032 Olympics offers hope to tackle Brisbane’s home and homelessness crisis. Picture: ABC

The 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games can deliver a gold-medal winning outcome in the crucial space of housing and other key areas if the opportunities are taken.

That’s the message from Queensland Shelter which is urging stakeholders to not waste the opportunities for change that come with hosting the world’s largest sporting event.

To get minds focused on the challenges and opportunities ahead Q Shelter and Urbis in July released ‘Go for Gold’ – a social inclusion legacy framework for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (to access the full report click here).

“Go for Gold looks at case studies from previous games, showcases innovation in the sector and maps out 46-recommendations across five key result areas,” the report reads.

“Building on the already successful online ‘Legacy Learning Series’ emerging from the report, featuring Saul Eslake, among other others, we are now offering a face-to-face workshop later this month (November 16).”

“This free 2.5-hour workshop will be led by Urbis’ own Kate Meyrick and will explore the ‘Go for Gold’ report in further detail, expanding on some of the recommendations and workshopping it for localised advocacy efforts and implementation, across all LGAs and Queensland-regions.  This event is suited to CEOs and leaders from community housing sector (CHPs), specialist homelessness services (SHSs), local and state government, and other community service organisations.”

“Q Shelter can imagine a future where Brisbane and Queensland are heralded world-wide for seriously changing the platform of knowledge driving legacy benefits for the future.”

“Queensland’s reputation for fairness, inclusion and innovation could be amplified if early legacy planning pursues the most important ideals to reduce homelessness, address housing supply issues and embed sustainable opportunities for economic participation by vulnerable people.”

The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games offers the chance to establish legacy projects. Picture: Brisbane City Council

The report added: “Without early, focused legacy planning to achieve housing solutions and the prevention of homelessness, the Games will most likely further entrench housing inequalities.”

“The growing number of people reliant on private rental housing will face displacement, and homelessness will increase.”

“As legacy planning commences, we present a suite of pragmatic recommendations to achieve the best possible result for people who are already doing it tough.”

“Timing is critical to fully leverage every opportunity. We call for a shift away from crisis responses towards deeper, structural change.”

“As the peak body for solutions to housing need and homelessness in Queensland, Q Shelter is committed to the pursuit of legacy benefits so that every Queenslander has a home.”

“We invite you to join a movement of organisations, sectors and individuals who anticipate and assume full responsibility for addressing the needs of future generations.”

The details of the free workshop are as follows:

Go for Gold Workshop,
Wednesday, 16 November
10am – 12.30pm,
Pullman King George Square,

Click here to register

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