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Living in the Olympic State II
25 October 1999
Living in the Olympic State IIInternational experience shows that the Olympic Games can have both positive and negative social impacts for the host city. In 1995, the Keys Young report, "Preliminary Social Impact Assessment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games", identified several social impacts and recommended a comprehensive program of action to address them.

Four years later, and less than 12 months from the Olympics opening ceremony, how well or how poorly are we doing? Whilst there has been some good progress over the past year, urgent and sustained action is required to successfully deal with many unresolved issues.

What of the community legacy from the Games? Detailed information is urgently required about the post-Olympics management, and the pricing and availability of facilities and transport to them. Will additional spending on health, community services, childcare and vocational training be given priority in the wake of the Olympics?

Many believe that the NSW Government should conduct a public assessment of the costs and benefits of Sydney staging the 2000 Olympics in the six month after the Games conclude. This could help the development of ethical and effective bids for future hallmark events.

Living in the Olympic State II gave us the opportunity to discuss all these critical matters.

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