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Mayor: Bundaberg ideal for Olympics

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the region would be an ideal Olympic venue for rowing, triathlon and sailing. Picture: Bundaberg Rowing Club.

The Bundaberg Region’s Olympic bid has received a boost with Mayor Jack Dempsey welcoming news Queensland has been endorsed as preferred candidate for the 2032 games.

The Mayor said Bundaberg was well placed to benefit if the bid is officially approved.

“It’s fantastic that Queensland has taken a big step towards hosting the 2032 Olympic Games after reports that our state has been identified as the preferred candidate,” he said.

“If the International Olympic Committee’s executive board accepts the recommendation, Queensland’s bid which was lodged in September 2019 by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, will see events held across the state.

“I’ve previously met with former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, to put forward the Bundaberg Region’s credentials as a training base and to host events.

“I certainly believe we’d provide an ideal venue for rowing, triathlon and sailing.

“A new regional aquatic centre would also enable swimming teams to train at Bundaberg in the lead-up to the Games.”

Mayor Dempsey said allowing the Bundaberg Region to play a role in a Queensland 2032 Olympic Games would support the community through its COVID recovery while also providing inspiration and opportunities for local sportspeople.

“This is a very exciting prospect for our community, especially young sportspeople, and I’ll continue to advocate for Bundaberg to be front and centre on the international sporting stage in 2032.”

In July 2019, Mayor Dempsey said he supported Queensland’s 2032 Olympic bid while highlighting the region’s suitability to play a role in the games.

“Government funds could easily be invested in Olympic infrastructure projects in the Bundaberg Region to stimulate jobs and regional development,” he said at the time.

“By thinking bigger than just the South East corner of the state we could see some real economic drivers for the Bundaberg Region.

“Surely, with the many strengths our region features, Bundaberg is a logical option to contribute to a Queensland Olympic bid.”

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