The Ipswich community has double the chance to help guarantee the city’s 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy following the launch of two community initiatives.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games aspire to create a lasting social, economic and environmental legacy for communities in southeast Queensland.
“Legacy means our city leveraging the Games to create positive change, over the next decade to the opening ceremony, the 10 years after the closing ceremony and beyond,” Mayor Harding said.
“We are seeking expressions of interest from community members who want to join council’s new Legacy Working Group, to help steer how the city can get the most out of the Games.
“We are also launching a community survey where residents can share their views on what a ‘gold medal’ Games legacy looks like for Ipswich.
“The 2032 Legacy Working Group will help to shape our city’s Games roadmap, a meaningful legacy plan, with alignment to the broader program being undertaken by state and federal governments.”
“As the first Chair of the group, I want to hear from all sections of our diverse community and business leaders about our city’s vision for culture, sport, environment, community and economic development in the lead-up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mayor Harding said.
“Council will also offer a community survey for those people who want to more easily share their thoughts and dreams to help shape the Ipswich 2032 Legacy Roadmap.
“These two engagement avenues represent the first opportunities, following last year’s Ipswich 2032 Legacy Summit, to discuss how we can create a lasting legacy for our city and all Ipswich residents.”
Olympian Natalie Cook at the recent Ipswich 2032 Legacy Summit.
Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Nicole Jonic said council wants to bring the community together to define the legacy to leave for future Ipswich generations.
“The 2032 Games bring with them a unique opportunity for Ipswich, one of the fastest growing cities in Queensland, to develop the economic, infrastructure and tourism benefits,” Cr Jonic said.
“We want to ensure Ipswich can harness every opportunity that will come from the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games being in our region and to build a truly special and prosperous legacy.
“The working group will be formed by Ipswich’s brightest and boldest leaders in our community from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, and the survey ensures everyone has a voice in the legacy of the 2023 Games.
“I encourage all people in our community who are motivated to shape the legacy roadmap for Ipswich to get involved, from young people to industry leaders, artists, healthcare professionals, athletes and literally anyone in between.”