Landmark summit to harness local impact of 2032 Games

28 March 2022

A major summit will give Ipswich residents an opportunity to discuss and identify the city’s priorities in the lead-up to and beyond the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Council unanimously endorsed a Mayoral Minute in the March Ordinary Meeting to establish an Ipswich 2032 Summit to be held by September this year.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the Summit would be a chance for the community to shape council’s priorities in preparation for the 2032 Games.

“The Games will be the biggest event in our region’s history and represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to think about what Ipswich wants to achieve and how the momentum of the Games can shape our community,” Mayor Harding said.

“We want to hear from community and business leaders about our city’s vision for cultural, sporting, community, and economic development in the lead up to the Games.

“Council is keen to understand how we can best support our community to put our best foot forward, and define the legacies we want to leave for future generations.”

A key deliverable out of the Ipswich 2032 Summit will be a report on how Council plans to implement its outcomes and kick start the region’s legacy development planning.

“The 2032 Games are about more than the sports, there’s great opportunities for culture, arts, environment, community, and business to make its mark,” Mayor Harding said.

“The objective of the Summit will be to draw these ideas out and use them as the basis of our legacy development moving forward.

“I am excited to hear the ideas our community has to leverage the local impacts of the 2032 Games for Ipswich.”

A draft Ipswich 2032 Summit event plan is due to come to council by July, with the Summit to take place no later than September of this year.