The Australian Constructors Association welcomes today’s announcement Brisbane will host the XXXV Olympic Games in 2032.

Australian Constructors Association CEO Jon Davies said the Olympics provides an incredible opportunity for the Queensland Government to showcase innovation and leave a skills legacy.

“This is the longest run up that any host nation has had to deliver the Olympic Games and we must not waste this opportunity,” said Mr Davies.

“Queensland will be the first host nation to deliver an Olympic Games within budget if it engages early with industry to get the planning right.

“We need to plan the right infrastructure and appropriately stage it so we can efficiently deliver the project pipeline.

Mr Davies said the opportunity is not just about delivering the Olympic Games to time and cost.

“The Olympics really gives us the chance to think big and to create a new legacy that will build Queensland’s workforce capability and capacity and innovation.

“Let’s set skills legacy targets and unleash innovation so we not only deliver high quality infrastructure but set the construction industry on a more sustainable path.

“To realise this opportunity all levels of government need to work together with industry.”

The Australian Constructors Association believe now is the critical time to move forward with the South East Queensland City Deal.

“Now is the time to get the planning right and secure agreement from all levels of government on a forward pipeline of projects will provide greater certainty for investment,” said Mr Davies.

“With transport infrastructure a key consideration for hosting the Olympic Games, the Games could be a catalyst for the development of visionary infrastructure such as Faster Rail.”

All levels of government need to work together and collaboratively with the private sector to realise the opportunity this gamechanger presents.