The 2032 Olympic Games will be one of Queensland’s largest ever logistical exercises.

It’s been estimated that during the Games period around one million items of sports equipment and 250,000 items of luggage will need to be moved and managed as 14,000 athletes and ~500,000 international visitors descend on Brisbane. Then there’s visitors’ “retail therapy” to consider and of course ensuring the finest Australian fare is showcased during the largest sporting event on the planet.

Facilitating these requirements may provide a surprising legacy by catalysing logistics
and transport operators and governments to innovate and create secure and resilient supply for Queenslanders – not only for the Games, but beyond. The good news is that Inland Rail is already underway and is crucial to solving a transport gap that’s been around since federation.

The 1,700km Inland Rail will deliver the infrastructure needed for our future. It will comprise some of the biggest and most impressive structures in Australia which can be showcased to the world during the Olympics. And thousands of Queenslanders will be involved in building it so it’s operational ahead of the Games.

Although Inland Rail was already in train ahead of the Olympics announcement due to the foresight of the Australian Government, the decision to bid for, and win, the Games further underscores the importance of an efficient freight rail connection between Brisbane and the rest of Australia.

The Olympics will focus the eyes of the world on Queensland and inject growth into the economy like never before. Lessons from previous Games show that host cities can expect up to 500,000 additional international visitors during the Games period and increased levels of domestic and international tourists over subsequent years. In 2000, a record 5 million tourists visited Australia during that Olympic year, 10.6% more than in 1999.

The 2032 Olympics will be a boon for Queensland as current Tourism Research Australia data shows 67% of international visitors holiday in Sydney, 32% in Melbourne and just 15% in Brisbane; based on the Sydney Olympics we can expected record numbers to turn towards the Sunshine State.

We need to have the heavy lifting done before the push to build Olympics infrastructure begins which is why we’re moving ahead, together with the Australian and Queensland Governments, to progress approvals and get Inland Rail built. Inland Rail will be needed in 2032 and it will be needed to support the growth that follows.