Embracing Legacy will bring Games benefits

29 Jan 2014 4:04 PMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A dedicated legacy strategy will ensure the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) generates long-term benefits for business, industry and sporting and community groups.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey officially launched Queensland’s long-term legacy strategy, Embracing our Games Legacy- Queensland’s legacy for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ™.

“The Commonwealth Games will be the most significant sporting event in Australia this decade, providing Queensland with the opportunity to achieve benefits for many years to come,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Staging the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will create up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into our economy.

“The Commonwealth Games legacy program is a long-term strategy that works with business and the community to ensure we actively identify and embrace opportunities that arise across Queensland.

“Just as the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games sparked the rapid development of public infrastructure and cultural facilities, as well as more intangible legacies such as outdoor dining, we want to recognise and realise the lasting benefits of GC2018.”

Embracing our Games Legacy- Queensland’s legacy for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™- focuses on three key areas – our economy, our lifestyle, and our community.

“Games venues will leave world-class infrastructure for future international events, while the Commonwealth Games Village will become the heart of the Gold Coast health and knowledge precinct,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Queensland’s great community spirit means there will be many opportunities for individuals and community groups to be involved in volunteering before, during and after the Games.

“The release of this strategy is just the start of our journey in creating lasting benefits. We will continue to work to identify where and how we can embrace meaningful opportunities for Queensland.

“This is Queensland’s legacy so it was informed by business, industry and sporting groups, as well as our broader community.

“A dedicated tourism plan will ensure we maximise the tourism benefits, both during and in the years following, the Commonwealth Games.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said enthusiasm for the community to be involved in the Commonwealth Games had already been strong.

 “We are still more than four years away but already the passion and commitment of Gold Coasters to maximise this unique opportunity to host the Commonwealth Games has been strong,” Mr Tate said.

 “The launch of the legacy strategy is a significant milestone on our journey to 2018 and an important platform for securing a healthier, united and more prosperous Gold Coast before and after the Games. 

“We look forward to continue working closely with our community to deliver a legacy we can all be proud of.”

For more information on how to get involved please visit our new website at www.embracing2018.com (external site) ( http://www.embracing2018.com/ )

[ENDS] 29 January 2013