One year on – Commonwealth Games on time and on budget

9 Nov 2012 1:13 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, November 09, 2012

In the lead up to the first anniversary of the Gold Coast winning the right to host the Commonwealth Games, preparations are on time and on budget to stage a great Games in 2018.

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said this weekend marked the first anniversary of the Gold Coast being awarded the right to stage the Games and a lot had been achieved over the past year to prepare for the Games.

“The team, which includes the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, the State Government and Gold Coast City Council, has worked tirelessly over the last year to establish solid foundations to get on with the job and meet all milestones,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Even though the Games are not on for another five years and five months, a huge amount of work is going on to ensure a great Games for the Coast.

“We have been buoyed by the enthusiasm of the community and I am pleased to report the Games preparations are exactly where they should be in these early planning stages.

“I have no doubt that we will deliver a Commonwealth Games that all Queenslanders, and indeed Australians, will be immensely proud of.”

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Prince Imran said since the Gold Coast won the right to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games last year, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) had been planning and laying the groundwork for the years ahead.

“I was pleased with GOLDOC’s confidence, clear vision and commitment to partnership working, which I saw when I visited in June,” Prince Imran said.

“Everything is well and truly on track for an inspirational and exciting event which will really deliver both for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Commonwealth.”

The foundations and milestones achieved in the twelve months since the Gold Coast was awarded host city rights include:
•         The establishment of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to plan, organise and deliver the Games
•         Enactment of legislation to establish the new Games Corporation
•         The appointment of a Board and sub-committees that that will deliver a great Games and significant economic and social benefits
•         The hosting of a successful visit to the Gold Coast by the CGF President, Prince Imran
•         The appointment of the Corporation CEO and an executive management team to head up key functional areas
•         The review and confirmation of the Games Village location in the Health and Knowledge precinct at Parklands
•         Work continuing to finalise the business case for the Games Village
•         The Corporation’s move to permanent offices on the Gold Coast to cater for a steadily increasing workforce, expected to increase to 1000 staff closer to the Games
•         The development of a Games Operational Plan to guide all 61 functional areas of the Corporation
•         The commencement of schematic design work for the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre upgrade
•         The calling for registrations of interest from 26 companies for the construction of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre upgrade

GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier OAM said the Gold Coast was already beginning to reap the benefits of hosting the Games.

“The Games and associated infrastructure development will generate up to 30,000 full time equivalent jobs and an estimated economic impact of $2 billion,” Mr Chamier said.

“In the first ten months of operation, the Corporation spent $2.7 million locally on office relocation and fit out, operations and staff. Since my appointment, GOLDOC has more than doubled in staff numbers.

Our preference is always to employ locals and use local businesses first, and with the foundations that we have put in place over the last 12 months I am confident that we will deliver a great Games.”

Mr Chamier said later this month the Gold Coast would see the first of several conferences, meetings, training seminars and camps held in the city ahead of the Games when the Australian Commonwealth Games Association holds its Annual General Meeting here.

The Gold Coast was announced as the successful bidder for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the 11th November 2011.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be almost three times larger than the Brisbane 1982 Games and will attract almost 2,000 more athletes and officials than Melbourne 2006.

It will be the largest event staged in Australia for at least a decade and it will be the first time an event of this size and significance has been held outside a capital city in this country.

[ENDS] 9 November 2012