Mayor Karen Williams says a possible Olympic bid could benefit the Redlands by being a catalyst for government to deliver essential transport infrastructure.
Cr Williams said a Council of Mayors (SEQ) feasibility study earmarked the Redlands as a potential venue location for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
"It is early days and there is still a lot of work to do before the region decides if it will proceed with a bid but what this feasibility study shows is that we could host a Games that creates a legacy for future generations," Cr Williams said.
"Importantly, the study shows the majority of venues needed for the 2032 Games either already exist, are already planned, or are identified as community facilities needed to cater for the anticipated growth of the region independent of an Olympics.
"This reduces the need for new stadiums, in turn reducing costs and creating community venues to be enjoyed by future generations."
Cr Williams said the benefit of a bid would be a catalyst to bring forward projects like better roads, rail and high speed public transport that connected and serves communities well past the Games.
"The recent SEQ People Mass Movement Study highlighted many of these essential infrastructure needs and benefits for our region to keep pace with our future and an Olympics bid could help accelerate them," she said.
Cr Williams said the feasibility study came on the back of reform for the Olympic Movement that focused on reducing the cost and delivering increased economic and legacy returns from Olympic Games.
"Unlike past bids, the feasibility study is not based on a proposal for significant spend on new venues, rather it is based on a reduced cost and increased community return aimed at delivering a logical and cost effective solution," Cr Williams said.
"This new approach makes a potential regional bid for SEQ an attractive proposition due to the potential economic return and infrastructure legacy for our communities."
Cr Williams said the Council of Mayors (SEQ) would continue to investigate the possibility of a regional bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games, with a final decision on whether to proceed with a formal bid expected early next year.
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