Full steam ahead for Games legacy planning

25 Sep 2013 3:50 PMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 

Queensland is set to maximise the benefits of hosting the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) with the Commonwealth Games legacy program well underway.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey met with the Gold Coast City Council’s Legacy Advisory Committee, chaired by the Hon. Rob Borbidge AO, to discuss the progress of the state-wide legacy program.

“The Newman Government has been working tirelessly to develop a plan that will ensure that the Games benefit the whole of Queensland, well beyond the actual event,” Ms Stuckey said.

“To achieve this, we need the collaboration of the State Government, local governments across Queensland, business, industry and the community.

“The Gold Coast will be the major beneficiary of legacy development; however the Games will provide significant opportunities for communities across the state.”

Minister Stuckey said while her department was leading the development of a state-wide legacy program, the input of the Legacy Advisory Committee was invaluable in providing advice to the City of Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast community can be confident that the right people are around the table to help ensure effective legacy planning for the City of Gold Coast,” she said.

“Already we know the Gold Coast will benefit from upgrades to facilities, but in time the program will identify additional areas where we want to guarantee ongoing benefits.”

Committee Chair Rob Borbidge said it was essential for the Gold Coast to maximise the legacy impact.

“The Games will be the largest sporting event in Australia this decade,” Mr Borbidge said.

“Having Minister Stuckey available to discuss with this board how best we can play a role in this planning process is an important step to ensuring a positive legacy is delivered for the City of Gold Coast.”

Ms Stuckey said transforming the Games Village into part of the Health and Knowledge precinct will be a significant benefit for the Gold Coast community, providing more jobs and boosting the economy.

“The Legacy Advisory Committee will aide Gold Coast City Council’s input to Government to determine how we build on the Games Village to create the largest visible legacy from the Games,” she said.

The Newman Government will release the Legacy Strategy and Action Plan late this year, which will outline Queensland’s vision for lasting benefits from GC2018, as well as some of the programs already being developed across all sectors of the community.

[ENDS] 25 September 2013

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