The SEQ Council of Mayors entered a partnership with the Metro Vancouver Regional District on its North American visit ©SEQ Council of Mayors

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner believes the launch of a strategic partnership between the South East Queensland (SEQ) Council of Mayors and the Metro Vancouver Regional District will support the region in its preparations for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Schrinner led an SEQ Council delegation on a visit to 1984 Summer Olympics host Los Angeles in the United States and 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics host Vancouver in Canada, with a particular focus on learning from their efforts in transport, waste and population.

SEQ had been working with Metro Vancouver since 2017, and Schrinner is hopeful that the signing of a statement of intent on the visit will help to strengthen ties between the regions in the build-up to Brisbane 2032.

"Building this partnership will support the South East as it looks to leverage Olympic and Paralympic legacy opportunities, and respond to key challenges such as growth, housing and affordability and the rollout of food organic and garden organics waste," he said.

"We’re keen to explore how Metro Vancouver is addressing population growth, housing and affordability, and opportunities to apply these approaches back in South East Queensland.

"Our regions share plenty in common, and it’s been interesting to learn how councils across Metro Vancouver are working collaboratively at a regional level across areas like housing, climate adaptation and mass transport."

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner claimed that Vancouver's staging of the Games offer an example of
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner claimed that Vancouver's staging of the Games offer an example of "what Brisbane 2032 can achieve for our region" ©Getty Images

Schrinner hopes that Brisbane 2032 can have a similar impact for the region to Vancouver 2010 in the fields of tourism and foreign direct investment.

"That’s exactly what Brisbane 2032 can achieve for our region," he added.

"This partnership will allow us to continue to explore opportunities for trade and investment between our regions which could generate new local jobs and employment into the future."

Deputy chair of the SEQ Council of Mayors Paul Antonio, the Mayor of Toowoomba, paid particular attention to the development of transport projects in Vancouver connected to the 2010 Olympic Games, which he claimed now support more than one million daily commuters.

"We’re keen to understand the benefits the Games has provided the Canadian metro region before, during and after, and how their civic leaders and communities have worked together to make this happen," Antonio said.

The Brisbane Times reported the Vancouver's 10-year, CAD20 billion (£12.4 billion/$15 billion/€14 billion) transport plan includes an aim to double bus services and add extra train lines and bikeways, serving as a blueprint for Brisbane.

A briefing from Metro Vancouver is set to be provided to the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

Vancouver had been a contender for the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in what was billed as a First Nations-led bid, but this effectively collapsed after failing to secure support from the Government of British Colombia, which claimed "billions of dollars in direct costs" and "indemnity liability risks" could harm its ability to address problems facing people from the province.

Brisbane was the first city awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games under the International Olympic Committee's new bidding process in which its Future Host Commission identifies and proposes its preferred candidate to the Executive Board.

Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had committed to sharing half of the costs of the Games with the Queensland Government, but his successor Anthony Albanese has been reluctant to agree to such a split.