Adventure and Recreation Vision is linked to the Brisbane 2032 Games proposal

Paddle Australia welcomes the Birkdale Community Precinct community engagement process released by Redland City Council

Situated less than 25km from Brisbane CBD, the 61-hectare Birkdale precinct includes significant historical property and space for many exciting lifestyle projects which will create jobs, boost the local economy and bring forward important transport infrastructure. The broader Birkdale Community Precinct is a possible location for the proposed Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct with ample land for such a facility to be accompanied by other uses without having to impact the site’s important environmental and cultural values.

Paddle Australia CEO, Phil Jones, said:

“The proposed precinct development includes an adventure and recreation theme with a very exciting aquatic centre of excellence sport and community project that we fully support. The community engagement process comes at a time when there is talk of a Brisbane 2032 Games including the opportunity for a canoe slalom venue on the Redlands Coast, which we believe would be a great outcome for the sport and the Games. But, most importantly, we see the value of the proposed development as a sustainable community facility.”

Former Redlands resident, Olympic medallist and Paddle Australia Board member, Andrew Trim, said:

“It’s amazing to think that 25 years ago I trained for the Atlanta Olympics on Tingalpa Creek, next to what could now become a game changer for the Redlands Coast. Overall, the Birkdale Community Precinct has so much to offer the community and with the inclusion of an adventure precinct, it would be a great boost for the sport, emergency services and leisure users.”

To help generate ideas, Redland City Council has identified five key themes to inform the community engagement:

Education and Discovery
Environment and Ecology
Adventure and Recreation
Heritage and History
Agriculture and Rural Tradition.

A regional community engagement process is underway and will run through to Tuesday 4 May 2021. It will include a regional advertising and media campaign, online engagement through Redland City Council’s Your Say website, onsite community days from Friday 16 to 17 April 2021, pop ups, and more.

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Feedback from the community engagement will inform the draft vision for the Birkdale Community Precinct and Paddle Australia will attend a stakeholder design workshop in April to further contribute to the precinct development process.

Potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced Brisbane as preferred host for the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Redland City Council, with the Council of Mayors (SEQ), remains committed to an Olympic and Paralympic Games that accelerates investment in critical infrastructure for the south-east and leaves a lasting legacy for Redlands Coast, Queensland and Australia.

The Redland Whitewater Centre has been included in the full IOC feasibility assessment for Brisbane 2032 as a potential event venue.

Slalom Venues Build Olympic Legacy

ICF News: https://www.canoeicf.com/news/slalom-venues-build-olympic-legacy