I am backing Maroochydore as an Olympics venue for preliminary basketball games as a golden opportunity that could help deliver the long-awaited Sunshine Coast Arts, Convention and Exhibition Centre. Last week I called on the Council and the State Government to get on board.
Maroochydore was the first choice in the IOC Olympics Feasibility Report, but we need the Council and the State Government not to back away from this recommendation – this could be a win-win in delivering the first stage of a desperately needed multi-use arts, convention and entertainment facility which could stage events like the preliminary basketball games and leave a substantial legacy which will continue to grow.
I understand there could be at least $80m made available in funds for an Olympic facility which would help deliver a great sporting event and a substantial first stage of a multi-use Convention Centre. It is important to secure this and that the Sunshine Coast is not overlooked.