Newman Government names Parklands at Southport as Athletes Village Site

5 Jun 2012 3:12 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Board has unanimously recommended Parklands at Southport as the Games Athletes’ Village site.

The decision follows the Board’s careful evaluation of a number of reports and submissions about the location of the Village based on specific criteria including the high standards of security required and the challenges of housing, feeding and transporting competitors and staff.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Parklands was the preferred site identified in Queensland’s official bid for the Games and she was satisfied the board made the right decision.

“There is little doubt that the Parklands venue, which is home to the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, was head and shoulders over other identified sites.

“This decision now puts to rest the rumour and speculation about the location of the Village and where 6,500 athletes and officials will be housed.

“It also allows the board to get on with the job of delivering the best Commonwealth Games for Queensland and the world, on time and on budget.

“There’s a lot of complex work to be done in preparing the Games Village and it’s important we get it right to ensure we’re delivering the best possible return for Queensland taxpayers.”

“The LNP Government is determined to deliver this landmark project, which will transform the Gold Coast and create tens of thousands of jobs, efficiently and effectively for all Queenslanders.”

The Newman Government has identified tourism as one of the four pillars of a strong and buoyant Queensland and the economic benefits of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games games will spread to businesses and tourism destinations across the state.

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