It's voting time
By Ron Goodman
THE committee organising Tingalpa's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games is waiting with pent-up excitement for tomorrow's announcementof the winning bid, TINCOG president Tom Carroll says.
With a matter of hours to go until the winner is announced, Mr Carroll said the bid team had done everything it could, including overcoming serious obstacles, to ensure Tingalpa's success.
"We at TINCOG are looking forward to seeing our dreams fulfilled at last," Mr Carroll said.
"We are quietly confident that our months of hard work will pay off and that the Olympics are heading back down under."
Despite the building excitement Mr Carroll said the team would not be present for the International Olympic Committee's announcement in Moscow.
"We'd like to be present in Moscow for the announcement, however financing the trip is a problem and we thought the money would be better spent on a few fireworks at the opening ceremony," he said.
"Planning for the opening ceremony is also well advanced.
"We decided it would be a good idea to re-use the lawnmower idea from Sydney.
"We're going to ask everyone in the suburb to bring their mowers to Stadium Tingalpa to participate. We are also considering large inflatable koalas on bicycles."
TINCOG's head of security Juan Antonio Closque said suggestions that the bid was "a joke at Tingalpa's expense" were disappointing and the publicity already generated would benefit the region.
"Surely this publicity has only served to increase Tingalpa's position in the eyes of Brisbane and indeed the rest of the world," Mr Closque said.
"Today we have our own forum on the Toronto Summer Games offical Web site discussing our bid. I'd even go so far as to suggest that they may be feeling the heat."