Brisbane riverfront destination to accommodate Olympic athletes

By Melissa Coade

Thursday July 29, 2021

Northshore Hamilton will be the location of the athletes’ village in Brisbane 2032.
Northshore Hamilton will be the location of the athletes’ village in Brisbane 2032. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Queensland has picked Northshore Hamilton as the location of the athletes’ village for its Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

State development minister for Queensland Steven Miles announced the pick for the 2032 athletes’ village on Wednesday. He said when construction started, it would cement the long-term vision for Northshore Hamilton and improve prospects for existing industrial land.

“Northshore’s prime waterfront location, proximity to the CBD and competition and training venues, let alone transport connections, make it an ideal location – even after the Games are over,” Miles said. 

The village will ultimately accommodate over 10,000 Olympians and 5,000 Paralympians. It will be built on government land owned by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and within a priority development area.

As part of the development of the site, EDQ has awarded $14 million to build three new roads and upgrade two others. BDM Constructions has been engaged to complete the works, and will also provide other services and landscaping at the eastern end of Northshore.

The minister added that the construction of the athlete’s village would add to the popularity of nearby landmarks such as Portside, Eat Street Markets, and Alcyone Hotel, and some of Brisbane’s best waterfront living.

“Brisbane is now an ‘Olympic City’ along with global destination-giants Paris and Los Angeles as future hosts (2024 and 2028), after Tokyo,” Miles said. 

“Among the key requirements when hosting the Olympics is provision of athletes accommodation and I’m proud Northshore has been locked-in for the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Athletes’ Village.”

With the games still over a decade away, Miles said there was a plan for a 10-year pipeline of construction jobs, trade and investment opportunities that would benefit the local community into the future.

After the games, the amenities developed for Northshore Hamilton will deliver aged care, retirement living, and affordable housing options. It will also include hotels, built-to-rent housing and market accommodation. 

The state government anticipates that the new land supply will generate more than $500 million in private sector investment, and create more than 1,600 jobs in construction alone. The final stages of the Northshore Hamilton priority development area is currently being reviewed and will be open for public comment later in 2021. The government expects a revised scheme to be settled by next year. 


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