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Council of Mayors keep SEQ's Olympic dream alive

SOUTH-east Queensland's Olympic dream is still alive.

The SEQ Council of Mayors on Friday announced they would proceed with a $2.5 million 2028 Olympics feasibility study - despite Logan and the Gold Coast refusing to contribute to it.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk insisted the study would be of use even if an Olympic bid did not eventuate.

"We are not looking at this purely in terms of an Olympic Games bid," he said.

"The feasibility study will provide a lot of work that has to be done in any event - whether there is an Olympic bid ultimately to occur or not."

He said the study would look at transport, infrastructure and venue needs for the south-east.

"It is about the connectivity of south-east Queensland that will be absolutely essential as a part of any Olympic Games bid," he said.

Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio said the study could look at extending the commuter train line to the bottom of the range.

"That would be good for Toowoomba, good for the Lockyer Valley, good for Ipswich," he said.

Cr Antonio said he did not believe Toowoomba would be able to host many Olympic games events, but still believed the study would be worthwhile.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said he hoped the feasibility study would highlight infrastructure gaps in "people movement" linking the region with Brisbane.

Cr Quirk said councils would not be asked to pitch in extra to pay for Logan and the Gold Coast's share. He said the Council of Mayors would go to the private sector for any additional support.

Cr Quirk said an Olympic bid could not go ahead without private sector support.

The Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Redlands councils have voted to contribute to the feasibility study.

Logan and the Gold Coast councils voted against the study; Ipswich and Moreton Bay are yet to vote.

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