Redland Whitewater Centre – part of the Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct
Redland City Council is advancing an exciting new Olympic standard whitewater facility for Redlands Coast, Queensland and Australia.
The Redland Whitewater Centre – to be part of the integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct – will be a unique addition to sport and recreation facilities on Redlands Coast, and the event venue for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Canoe Slalom events.
Council is formally committed as a Games Venue and Games partner as part of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games proposal.
The preferred site for the Redland Whitewater Centre is Birkdale Community Precinct on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.
Read the announcement: Games come to Redlands Coast in 2032.
An integrated precinct
The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct is a catalyst project in Our Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond.
It will include the foundation elements of:
- Aquatic recreation facilities, including a lake, water play course/park and a beach area
- Olympic standard public aquatic centre with a FINA world championship level 50m pool
- Olympic standard Canoe Slalom course
- Emergency services use, including:
1. Swift water rescue training facility using the whitewater course
2. Potential for co-location of integrated emergency services facilities
3. Emergency services education and training facilities, including specialist training
Expanded integrated precinct amenities could include:
- Adventure sports (including XSports activities) such as skateboarding, rock climbing and zip lines, with the potential to host other competitions, events and festivals based in these aligned sports
- Activities that would add to the social, cultural, economic and community benefits that a precinct approach would bring. For example, E-games, X-Games /national competitions, extreme obstacle course competitions, drone racing and ninja course
- Other sport and recreation uses, such as walking routes, cycleways, orienteering and bird watching
- Natural amphitheatre
- Global eco-tourism (cultural and natural environment) opportunities
- Corporate opportunities
- Social enterprise opportunities
- Car parking for facilities.
The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct and the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will enhance lifestyle, create jobs, boost the local economy and bring forward important transport infrastructure, in particular, the much-needed duplication of the Cleveland railway line and the completion of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba.
The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are predicted to deliver some $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits for Queensland and $17.6 billion nationally.
It is anticipated that about 150 full-time jobs could be sustained through the building and delivery of the Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct, with an annual contribution of $52 million to the local economy.
A major boost for the Redland Whitewater Centre is the important partnerships between Council, the Queensland Government and professional emergency service providers whose future access for emergency training and education would help augment the long-term value of the facility.
Council also acknowledges its partners and key stakeholders including the International Canoe Federation, Paddle Australia and Paddle Queensland, who continue to work with us to progress the Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre.
The Redland Whitewater Centre will form a key addition to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, which already encompasses tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal canoeing culture, approximately 335km of coastline and 400km of recreation trails.
What is Canoe Slalom?
The sport of Canoe Slalom, in which competitors in canoes and kayaks navigate a series of whitewater rapid challenges, was modelled from ski slalom and began in Switzerland in 1932. In its early days, it was first performed on flat water but later switched to whitewater rapids. In Canoe Slalom the boats are small, light and agile, allowing for greater manoeuvrability through rapids.
Canoe Slalom made its debut at the 1972 Munich Games. Slalom racing did not compete again in the Olympic Games until the 1992 Barcelona Games. Canoe Slalom racers compete in four events, three for men and one for women, over the same course.