“The money is there and the site is a lock. This is it,” he said, adding a potential change of federal government in May would not change things.
“All things being equal, it will start [being built] in six to eight weeks.”
Completion of the facility, which includes a range of different water jump ramps used by freestyle skiers and snowboarders, is slated for early 2020.
“Brisbane’s fantastic climate means this facility can be used year-round, making it the premier Winter Olympic training venue for the region and one of only two in the world available 12 months of the year,” Queensland Sports Minister Mick de Brenni said.
“Not only will this cater for Australia’s Winter Olympic athletes, it will attract international teams to Queensland to train at this facility, ensuring year-round use and an additional revenue stream for the complex.”
With a winter aerials site being built at Victoria’s Mt Buller and a moguls field regularly used for training and competition at Perisher in NSW, Lipshut was hopeful Australia could use the Brisbane facility as a springboard to start hosting World Cup events again.
The lack of a home facility as other nations improved was cited as a reason for Australia failing to get an aerials medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the first time the country hadn’t done so since 1998.
Overall Australia has enjoyed strong returns from its freestyle winter and snowboard athletes, including 12 medals across the past three world championships and nine from the past three Winter Olympics.