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Gold Coast 2018 details Commonwealth Games venue plans
The Queensland Government has showcased the major venues that will host events during the Gold Coast's staging of the 2018 Commonwealth Games: the Metricon Stadium and the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Outlining plans over the weekend for the $41 million redevelopment that will transform the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre into a state-of-the-art facility to a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) delegation led by President HRH Prince Imran, Queensland Government officials and Gold Coast 2018 organisers emphasised that a more basic approach will be taken to other venues for the city's staging of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Queensland Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the redevelopment will be completed in time for the Gold Coast's staging of the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, stating, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin, "we have an absolutely Rolls-Royce pool coming our way on the Gold Coast."
Stuckey's comment was a reference to a statement made by Prince Imran when he visited the Gold Coast last year. Asked about the Queensland Government's plans to cut the budget for the 2018 event, the Prince stated "there is no need for a Rolls-Royce Games when a Toyota will suffice."
Outlining Gold Coast 2018's plans for its other venues, Minister Stuckey added "it is a Commonwealth Games, not the Olympics. However, swimming is such a feature of the Games that this centre is going to wear that Rolls-Royce tag very well."
During the routine visit, CGF representatives were updated on the overall Games delivery programmand associated planning arrangements ahead of the first official CGF Coordination Commission visit later this year.
Gold Coast 2018 experienced a turbulent 2012 which saw Queensland's government in May name Nigel Chamier as the new chairman of the organising committee, following Mark Stockwell's shock dismissal. The announcement was part of a complete overhaul of the organising committee following a change of government.
Following the first anniversary of the Gold Coast winning the right to host the Commonwealth Games Minister Stuckey emphasised that preparations are on time and on budget to stage a great Games in 2018, stating "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.
"Even though the Games are not on for another five years ..., 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."
Foundations and milestones achieved 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 successful visits to the Gold Coast by the CGF President, Prince Imran;
• The appointment of the Corporation chief executive 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 1,000 staff closer to the Games;
• The development of a Games Operational Plan to guide all 61 functional areas of the Corporation;
• Agreement on 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, concluding "the Games and associated infrastructure development will generate up to 30,000 full time equivalent jobs and an estimated economic impact of $2 billion.
"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."
The Gold Coast was announced as the successful bidder for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the 11th November 2011.
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