Momentum building for Commonwealth Games

6 Jun 2013 12:03 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Newman Government has allocated more than $100 million to the Commonwealth Games in 2013-14, as part of its commitment to build a stronger, more prosperous Queensland.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said momentum was well and truly building for the milestone event.

“Funding of $59.3 million has been provided this financial year to my department and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) for significant planning work and the redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In addition, $46.1 million has been allocated to the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to develop the Commonwealth Games Village at Parklands, where site works will start in October this year.

“Preparations to deliver a successful Games and lasting legacy outcomes for Queensland are on schedule.

“We are where we need to be with most work well advanced, particularly for master planning.”

The four most prominent activities are:

•Early and major works for the construction of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Estimated completion of the Aquatic Centre is on schedule for June 2014. It is anticipated that approximately 350 jobs will be created with the redevelopment

•The Commonwealth Games Infrastructure Authority (CGIA) has responsibility for and use planning and steering the delivery of the Games village and Games venues as a priority development area. Site works for the Village are scheduled to commence from 1 October 2013 and is the single-most significant urban renewal project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast

•The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games emblem and  iconic surf board countdown clock were unveiled on 4 April 2013 to overwhelmingly positive public feedback. Significant legislation to protect the brand and sponsorship arrangements for the 2018 Commonwealth Games were also introduced

•Community consultation continues to inform our legacy planning through the “Have your say?” (external site) website. Legacy planning will generate the best possible long term economic and social benefits for Gold Coast and Queensland communities within the resources available.

In January 2013, the Commonwealth Games Federation conducted a project review of the Games and outlined its satisfaction with the State Government’s progress to date, particularly the transition of planning from the bid phase to organisation.

The Federation was also satisfied with the commitment of the State and the positive and productive relationship between delivery partners, including the Federal Government and the City of the Gold Coast.

The Federation will conduct its first formal evaluation of Games preparations when the Federation’s Coordination Commission visits Queensland in November 2013.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from 4 – 15 April 2018 for 11 days of competition across 17 sports, including four para-sports.

[ENDS] 4 June 2013