On Friday 24 September, the second event of the Northshore Network series was hosted by Leigh Cunningham and team from the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland. The Northshore Network events supports our commitment to create innovative spaces for entrepreneurs to thrive, and who better to consult than the current businesses within the precinct?

Leading the event, Queensland’s new Chief Entrepreneur – Wayne Gerard, discussed his insights on the significant influences of innovation on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Queensland, and how Northshore businesses can best harness existing resources to achieve success. Wayne articulated his own challenges and opportunities experienced whilst leading RedEye, and noted other great examples he has witnessed with learnings that can be applied across a range of industries. Wayne emphasised the benefits of networking, “these events bring people together to connect, collaborate and inspire each other.” When asked what excited him about Northshore, Wayne responded “The Northshore precinct is a great location to experiment, test and develop innovative Queensland products and technology to accelerate our economy and society.  It will be an amazing location to showcase Queensland innovation when we host the Athletes village for the 2032 Olympics and Para-Olympics”.


Our second speaker was Tom Leach, Director of Infrastructure and Precincts from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s 2032 Taskforce. Tom provided a glimpse of what to expect as Brisbane transforms on our journey to hosting the games with a particular focus on the Athletes Olympic and Paralympic Village based within the Northshore precinct. The roadmap over the next twelve months includes the following milestones:

  1. Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) formed
  2. Project program governance, roles and responsibilities across Games Partners determined
  3. Legacy strategy developed in consultation with key parties
  4. Venue and villages delivery program – Games partners and asset owners to plan delivery of new and upgraded venues and villages


The closing session was an opportunity for delegates to contribute ideas and network with other attendees. The feedback will be collated and shared in future events.

If you are a Northshore business and would like to join the network or host a future event please let the team know at [email protected].