Local contractors encouraged to get involved in the Games

31 Jan 2013 11:24 AMJann Stuckey

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gold Coast businesses have their first opportunity to be a part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with expressions of interest called for redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said she strongly encouraged local businesses to register their interest with the managing contractor, Watpac, via www.gcaquaticcentre.icn.org.au by Monday 4 February.

“This is the first of many opportunities for local, suitably experienced and qualified subcontractors and suppliers, to be a part of the Commonwealth Games facilities delivery,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will open in time to host the 2014 Pan Pacs, followed by the 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming and diving competitions, as well as many other future national and international events.”

Mayor Tom Tate said a key priority for all Commonwealth Games construction projects was to support local suppliers and create more Gold Coast jobs.

“This is just the start of the opportunities that will roll out over coming years, so my message to Gold Coast businesses and suppliers is be ready,” he said.

“I’m calling on local businesses to get in there, be competitive and be part of building the Commonwealth Games for 2018.”

Watpac are seeking contractors and suppliers ranging from carpentry, earthworks and demolition to traffic management and security. Full details can be found at www.gcaquaticcentre.icn.org.au (external site)( http://www.gcaquaticcentre.icn.org.au/ ).

Registrations for Expression of interests should be sent through www.gcaquaticcentre.icn.org.au by Monday 4 February 2013

[ENDS]           27 January 2013