The green light has been given for Brisbane to host the 2032 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The world's most iconic sporting festival will once again be welcomed to our shores, along with the world's collective attention.

It’s been 125 years since the first modern Olympic Games in Greece. In that time, not only have the Games themselves evolved, but also the role the Games can play as a catalyst for development of host cities has changed. Nurturing development opportunities, both in a physical sense as well as for building careers, culture and lifestyle, is crucial in ensuring the Olympic legacy is one that enriches the host city, region and nation, as is managing a tight budget to avoid some expensive lessons of the past.

At this early stage, we've got plenty of questions: When will Brisbane 2032 start making a difference? Have we learnt lessons from previous Games? Are there any special lessons from 'Tokyo 2020'? Can we adequately define the potential opportunities and issues this far out? What special opportunities does eleven years' notice provide Queensland and Australia? Does the new IOC model mean Olympics-lite with reduced opportunities? With 85% of venues already built, what should be the focus of the infrastructure opportunity, and when? How can we maximise existing infrastructure and what will meet our future needs as a state - not just for the Games, but to ensure it leaves a sustainable long-term legacy? What legacy do we want left for Australian society after the crowds go home?

Watch our webinar with an expert panel exploring these questions and providing insights on the journey to date for the successful Brisbane 2032 bid. You will hear from Scott Smith, CEO of Council of Mayors (SEQ) who has played an integral role in the bid process that secured Brisbane the Games and Barton Green, CEO of the Committee for Brisbane, who has been leading the Committee's policy work on south east Queensland’s potential Olympic and Paralympic legacies. Paul Banister, Head of Tax in Brisbane will facilitate the discussion and is joined by Sian Sinclair, our National Head of Real Estate and Construction, as we explore securing the Olympic opportunities for our clients. 

Featured speakers

Sian Sinclair

Sian’s real estate and construction expertise draws on over twenty years’ experience in taxation, accounting and general business consulting. Advising clients from the start-up and growth phases of business through to those looking to realise their wealth via exit strategies, her input is focused and practical with real insight into the issues impacting businesses in the industry.

Sian Sinclair

Sian Sinclair

  • Partner & National Head of Real Estate & Construction

Scott Smith

Scott Smith was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) in December 2017. Scott is an accomplished senior executive with more than 25 years of leadership in business improvement and project management, and more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles in the local government sector. Scott first joined the Council of Mayors (SEQ) in 2005. The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has played an integral role in planning for the future of transport in SEQ, delivering the People Mass Movement Study in 2019, securing a commitment to an SEQ City Deal and leading the region’s drive towards an SEQ 2032 Olympic Games proposal.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

  • CEO, Council of Mayors (SEQ)

Barton Green

Barton has executive management experience spanning more than 35 years and company director experience of more than 22 years. He has served on the Boards of private companies, statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations, including as Chairman and Deputy Chairman. He is a communications and marketing expert, having spent 40 years as a journalist or communications consultant to the public and private sectors. Barton offers a unique blend of communications, political and environmental experience both as a practitioner/consultant and as a senior executive and director. He worked in and around politics for more than 30 years, including as a Parliamentary reporter and member of the Queensland Parliament Media Gallery, a Senior Ministerial Advisor in the Goss Government, Founder and President of the Government Relations Professionals Association, and a government relations consultant. As a strategist, he has a strong track record of developing and implementing strategic plans for NFPs, small and large companies, and for local and state governments and led and implemented more than 150 Strategic Plans, including government relations plans, business plans, marketing and branding plans, internal change management plans, stakeholder engagement plans, crisis and issues management plans, and communications plans.

Barton Green

Barton Green

  • CEO, The Committee for Brisbane

Paul Banister

Paul leads our Tax division in Brisbane and has over 30 years’ experience working with clients in an array of industries to help them navigate through complex and potentially risky tax and commercial issues, including to address tax disputes.

Paul Banister

Paul Banister

  • Partner & Head of Tax - Brisbane