“There’s no reason why Gympie can’t benefit from a successful Olympics bid.

“We are situated within the catchment of whatever happens in the south east corner.

“This is a golden opportunity to bring forward local infrastructure and transport services.

“We are connected more and more to the southeast with the upgrade of the Bruce Highway and fixing our train issues with a Very Fast Train makes sense.

“A VFT cements the desirability of hosting training opportunities, and for tourists to visit.

“It would be an easy hassle-free commute for spectators, competitors, visitors, and officials.

“We can also benefit from hosting sporting teams which will need to acclimatise before events.

“A multi-use sports and event facility should be brought forward and be part of the mix.

“I am acutely aware that more sporting facilities are needed which has been identified in the Council’s Sporting and Recreation Plan.

“A purpose-built brand-new shooting facility which has been advocated for a long time could provide great opportunities for training and possibly host competitions.

“It is a natural fit for the region.

“Global events such as the Olympic Games provide a once in a lifetime chance to not only host sporting events, build legacy infrastructure projects, but also promote the region for tourism and business opportunities.

“We need to seize the opportunity and make sure that we have a piece of the pie.

“If the planning and infrastructure is done right everyone will benefit.

“This is a great chance for Gympie.