VIDEO: International Olympic Committee proposes Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics with Redlands earmarked for canoe slalom

GO FOR GOLD: Redlands has been earmarked for a new whitewater centre to host canoe slalom events in the 2032 Olympics.
GO FOR GOLD: Redlands has been earmarked for a new whitewater centre to host canoe slalom events in the 2032 Olympics.

REDLANDS will host canoe slalom events for the 2032 Olympics at a whitewater centre to be built at Birkdale if Brisbane wins the bid.

It comes after Brisbane won approval from the International Olympic Committee's executive board last night and revealed the Games venues in a masterplan.

IOC members will put the Brisbane bid to full vote on July 21 ahead of the start of the Tokyo Games.

A venue masterplan highlights a Redland Whitewater Centre for canoe/kayak slalom as part of a wider adventure park.

Redland City Council mayor Karen Williams said the Birkdale Community Precinct was the preferred site.

However, the facility is expected to receive bitter opposition from residents who criticised the idea during public consultation.

The adventure park would include adventure sports and recreation activities as well as a venue to host competitions, events and festivals based on aligned sports.

It will also have training facilities for first responders, including a swift-water rescue training facility.

"A purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre is part of the integrated adventure sports precinct at Birkdale Community Precinct on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale," Cr Williams said.

The Olympic venue will be funded by the federal and state governments and would help support other attractions at the site, including Willards Farm and the WWII radio receiver station, both financially and through attraction of visitors.

Cr Williams said the venue would be a legacy facility for generations to come.

"It will also bring forward significant infrastructure, in particular, road, rail and bus projects. Our community is particularly keen to see the much-needed duplication of the Cleveland railway line and the completion of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba," she said.

Construction is due to start in 2024 and be completed by 2026.

Watch the Brisbane 2032 master plan video below:

If chosen, Brisbane will use 84 per cent of existing and temporary venues to host events.

The venues plan earmarked Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Redland as well as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to host 28 Olympic sports within 32 venues.

Wyaralong Flatwater Centre will host canoe sprints after it is upgraded to be the highest standard 2km regatta centre in Queensland. The venue is used 60 to 70 days a year and includes an existing rowing course of 2000 metres.

Cr Williams said similar Olympic facilities elsewhere demonstrated substantial local economic benefits, including during construction and for ongoing operation.

"It is anticipated that about 150 jobs could be sustained through the building and delivery of the adventure sports precinct, with an annual contribution of $52 million to the local economy."

A three-month public consultation project on the Birkdale land showed the Olympic standard whitewater and adventure sports facility ranked at number eight out of 21 options in an online survey and number nine out of 45 options in the in-person engagement activities.

"The 62 hectares provides more than enough space to accommodate the Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct and a variety of other uses in an integrated way," Cr Williams said.