Newman Government maintains commitment to Commonwealth Games

17 Sep 2012 4:09 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Newman Government has committed $20.9 million to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 2012-13 State Budget.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said that figure would rapidly increase each year as the State prepares for the Games in April 2018.

“This money will be used to progress Games planning, including finalisation of the sports program to be contested at the Games and planning for sporting venues. Funds are also allocated to finalise planning for the Games Village development.

“It is important to get this complex work right to ensure we deliver the best possible return for Queensland taxpayers,” Ms Stuckey said.

The Southport Games Village site will house 6,500 athletes and officials during the Games and as a legacy will provide a residential community in close proximity to the new Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University.

“Games Village planning is well advanced with the Commonwealth Games Federation due to consider the Village master plan later this financial year,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The tendering process for the Games Village development is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013.

“Site preparation works for the Games Village development will commence shortly after the 2013 Gold Coast show.”

Ms Stuckey said the Commonwealth Games provided a unique opportunity to create a long term legacy for the Gold Coast.

“Over the next five and half years, preparation for the Games will provide plenty of opportunities for the Gold Coast,” she said.

“The direct stimulation to the local economy through the construction of the sites and the employment of staff will be a major boost to the region.

“It is the largest international sporting event to be held in Australia in the next decade. The Commonwealth Games board and I are determined to deliver value for money, create jobs and support local businesses.

“The Newman Government recognises tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy. The economic benefits of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will spread to businesses and tourism destinations across the state.”

[ENDS] 11 September 2012