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Gina Rinehart's strange demand for the ultra-rich

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Gina Rinehart leans on a fence in this undated photo obtained on January 23, 2018.
Gina Rinehart has requested Queensland’s top political leaders construct more facilities to moor yachts during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. (Source: Reuters)

Australia's richest woman, Gina Rinehart, believes the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games is an "opportunity to overhaul tourism infrastructure".

To this end, the billionaire mining magnate has requested Queensland’s top political leaders construct more facilities to moor yachts to “enable standards of living to rise”.

The star-studded Future Brisbane luncheon where Rinehart presented her case was aimed at planning for the 2032 Games. 

Several top business figures in the state were in attendance, along with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and gold-medal-winning athletes.

In a video message broadcast at the event, the executive chairman of Hancock Prospecting spoke from the deck of a super yacht, requesting political leaders prevent the sporting spectacle from being “marred in tape and mediocrity”.  

Gina Rinehart poses near a large ship at Roy Hill's berths in Port Hedland.
The billionaire business magnate believes the Games are an opportunity to overhaul infrastructure (Source: Reuters)

Details of the demands

Rinehart sought less bureaucratic barriers for development.

"We mustn't squander the opportunity in the Games," she said.

"We must encourage tourists from far away countries like America, Europe, India, South Korea and Japan to come by ensuring they have here in Queensland competitive, beautiful, world-class facilities."

Rinehart added: “For instance, we‘ve just experienced days of very rough water from the southern Queensland border to the Capricorn Coast.

"Then, when we arrived at the coast not feeling that great after two very rough sleepless nights and a rough day, many yachts were outside the marinas, given the lack of marinas."

She reiterated the lack of marinas for large vessels and called for better facilities for "super yachts that may want to visit from overseas, bringing passengers who would want to spend in Australia".

Among her list of demands were also beach clubs and improvements to coastal infrastructure, which would suitably equip Queensland to attract the sailing tourist market from Europe.

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