Committee to drive long term Games’ benefits

1 May 2014 4:25 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The newly-formed Embracing 2018 Advisory Committee, set up to drive, guide and promote lasting statewide benefits from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, will be led by the Honourable Robert Borbidge AO.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the former Queensland Premier was ideally placed to ensure the Games are more than just a sporting event.

“The Embracing 2018 Advisory Committee has a big responsibility in maximising the legacy that would come from hosting such a significant international sporting and cultural event,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I am confident this honorary committee, made up of prominent Queenslanders with strong representation from the Gold Coast, will build on the foundation set by the City of Gold Coast’s Legacy Advisory Committee established last year.

“The committee will help achieve lasting benefits for the state’s business sector, maximise long term community, sport and health benefits, and strengthen Queensland’s standing as Australia’s top tourism destination.”

Commonwealth Games Legacy Committee Chair, the Honourable Robert Borbidge AO said it was a great privilege to be asked to Chair the Queensland Government Embracing 2018 Committee for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

“Our job is to make sure that before, during and long after the Games the people of the Gold Coast and Queensland see lasting benefits from this major event which will make our City and State the focus of world attention in 2018,” Mr Borbidge said.

“Much work has already been carried out by the Council Legacy Committee which I also had the opportunity to chair and I look forward to building on that work for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

“I look forward to working closely with Minister Stuckey, Mayor Tate, GOLDOC and others as we further develop Legacy initiatives.”

Minister Stuckey said the Games will create up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into Queensland’s economy.

“Events such as this only come along every few decades so it is vital that we make the most of this opportunity and create a lasting legacy,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Gold Coast is set to reap major benefits from hosting the Commonwealth Games, but we want this to be an event for all of Queensland, with the benefits flowing back to our state for as long as possible after the curtain goes down on the 2018 celebrations.”

Committee members:

The Honourable Robert Borbidge AO (Chair)

Mr Andrew Baildon– Dual Olympian, and five-time Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Ms Vicki Batten- CEO of FSG Australia

Mr Nick Behrens- General Manager – Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Ms Louise Bezzina- Director of Bleach Festival, the largest cultural Festival on the Gold Coast

Mr Cam Charlton- experienced management consultant with more than 30 years as a chartered accountant

Ms Martine Gill- Principal of Coomera Springs State School

Ms Julie McDonald OAM – Dual Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist

Professor Ian O’Connor- Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University

Mr Sean Ryan- News Corporation Queensland State Director

For more Embracing 2018 information visit (external site) ( )

[ENDS] 1 May 2014