Ioc opens possibility of dual nation bidding for olympics
In its bid to host the world’s two largest sporting events, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would need to decide between Qatar and Russia in the next few weeks. This will, therefore, be a significant factor for the outcome of the two-part bidding process.
The current Olympic charter gives the IOC broad leeway to take a decision on the two bids when each country makes a submission by April.
The IOC must then wait for the responses from its national bidding committee before it will reach a decision.
Qatar has already indicated a willingness to participate for the 2019 Asian games as well as the Rio Olympics in 2020.
Qatar’s bid includes a request to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the country. Russia recently also said they would support the bid, though this has not yet materialised.
The bid from Qatar would also include an application for a second Olympic Games to be held in a third country such as the Philippines, but this could prove difficult given the country’s relatively poor record hosting such events.
Heritage listing burrup peninsula threatens gas field in NSW
An Australian conservation group is worried that a proposed gas field on a key part of the Heritage Coast could become endangered if the land is destroyed.
The Heritage Heritage Mining Authority (HIMA) is considering selling off the 300,000 acres of land it owns adjacent to the Burswood oilfield, north of the northern NSW town of Hove.
HIMA Director David Kelly said he was concerned about the potential impact the gas field’s development on the beach would have on the fragile coastal plain.
“We’re already talking about a massive change,” Mr Kelly said.
“We’ve got the Burswood, it’s just up the hill to the Hove, and if it’s destroyed you won’t be able to walk there, so you won’t be able to see the surrounding beaches, the beaches of the Great Barrier Reef.”
Mr Kelly said there were also “serious concerns” the land had been cleared as development went ahead on other properties.
HIMA has already bought up parcels for the property from the nearby developers on behalf of the land owner and it is planning for the gas field.
But he said the government’s land conservation plan would allow HIMA to buy up areas for the land and re-develop them.
“I hope there won’t be any development on that property as well,” Mr Kelly said.
“If we get to that point, then I’m sure we’d sell that land, because I really don’t think we’ll be able to get back to where we want to be, in terms of conservation areas.
“There’s a significant amount of heritage value that’s at risk right now, and that could be severely damaged by that.”
Topics: environmental-impact, environmental-impact-and-design, bushfire, environment, geelong-3350, hove-2330