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Premier Palaszczuk will consider returning early to deal with fires

“There’s extra fire crews there and the emergency services personnel are doing everything they possibly can at the moment,” she said, after receiving a briefing from Brisbane.

When asked if she might return to Queensland early, Ms Palaszczuk said the next day was an important day for meetings, but she would “further assess” the situation at the end of the day.

“It’s (the fires) constantly playing on my mind,” she said.

“It’s gut-wrenching but my thoughts are with the people at home.”

The Australian delegation included Ms Palaszczuk, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates, federal MPs Ted O’Brien and Milton Dick, and Council of Mayors South East Queensland representative Mark Jamieson.

Ms Palaszczuk, in Switzerland at the invitation of IOC president Thomas Bach, said the group would present a united front, displaying what Queensland had to offer.

“A good outcome tomorrow is if the president, Thomas Bach, asks us to do even further work but also too listening to what the Olympic committee has to say to us about that value assessment and what we have on offer,” she said.

“The economic opportunity is phenomenal because it is transformational of decades.

“(The Olympics) does mean a jobs bonanza.”

Ms Palaszczuk said a value assessment for the Olympic Games should be completed by the end of 2019.

“We’re fast-tracking it, we have so many people working on it it’s not funny,” she said.


“I’ve got the best of the best right across Queensland, with their expertise, to make sure that we get this right and then we can make a decision.”

Earlier this year, it was revealed an Olympic Games could be hosted in Queensland with a cost-neutral impact.

The Council of Mayors previously investigated a multi-city bid for the Olympic Games with events across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Redland, Moreton Bay and Logan instead of the traditional single-city bid.

But Ms Palaszczuk had insisted it should be an Olympic Games for the whole of Queensland.

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