PRIORITY: Stanthorpe Sports Association president Colin Britton said there would need to be a change in attitude around sports investment if the council wanted to see facilities like Sullivan Oval upgraded to an Olympic standard.
PRIORITY: Stanthorpe Sports Association president Colin Britton said there would need to be a change in attitude around sports investment if the council wanted to see facilities like Sullivan Oval upgraded to an Olympic standard. Liana Walker

'We have the facilities': Mayor wants in on the Olympics

COULD the world's best cyclist speed down the tracks of Mt Marlay or the most elite gymnasts perform their tricks at Stanthorpe Fitness Centre?

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie thinks so and with some investment into upgrades she believes Stanthorpe could be up to scratch for the 2032 Olympics.

Recently the South East Queensland Council of Mayors said they were looking into the possibility of applying to host the 2032 Olympics.

With Southern Downs bordering the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim, Cr Dobie said it was feasible for the region to be in on the action.

She said the council would need to look at what venues were already here that could stage an Olympic event.

"We have the facilities for it,” she said.

"I would love to hear from sporting clubs in the region whether they think they have a venue that is suitable to uplift.”

Some of Cr Dobie's suggestions included Rugby 7s, soccer fields, Stanthorpe Fitness Centre and Civic Centre, and mountain biking trails across the region.

She said any Olympic sport would need to have a support system set up where international teams could come to an area and train against skilled and knowledgeable locals.

However Stanthorpe Sports Association president Colin Britton said he supported sports tourism for the region but there would need to be a serious change in attitude towards sports investment by the council for this to be considered.

"I don't see it as a priority that the council wants to spend money on sporting facilities, not in Stanthorpe that I know,” he said.

"I don't believe we have the facilities that would meet what I presume is an Olympic standard from a spectator point of view.

"If you're serious about having large-scale events in our Southern Downs region, we must have a plan to upgrade our facilities now.”

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