Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee ends operations

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee ends operations
August 30, 2018

With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (GOLDOC) having held its last board meeting on Tuesday, organisers have delivered their assessment on the impact the event had on the city.

Despite troubles with traffic, the closing ceremony and its impact on many local businesses, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie said a survey of 9,500 games attendees had shown overwhelming support for the event.

Beattie advised “we were so delighted that we sold 1.2 million tickets (and) we did much better in many ways than perhaps some people thought."

Beattie advised that 97% of people surveyed had rated staff and volunteers' helpfulness highly, and 92% had a positive games experience.

The former Queensland Premier also highlighted that the event staged the largest-ever parasport program and had an equal number of medal events for women and men, adding "because we live in the 21st century, that's an important legacy.”

Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said the Games had injected $2 billion into the local economy, advising "the vision that went round the world to 1.5 billion viewers has really highlighted what a beautiful city we have, what a magnificent climate we have.

"We've really become a global event city and the Games have made us come of age."

Queensland Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones has confirmed GOLDOC Chief Executive Mark Peters will keep a controversial $300,000 retention payment.

Minister Jones said legal advice had found the retention payment should stand also advising that $35 million in savings from the event would go to Queensland Government and would not be used as compensation for local traders who lost money during the Games.

Minister Jones told the ABC "I think the State Government will argue that we are doing a lot of heavy lifting in regards to the Gold Coast and the additional spending in relation to the Gold Coast.

"We've ruled out compensation very clearly. No Games has ever provided compensation.

"What we will focus on is what is the infrastructure that will continue to grow the Gold Coast."

Beattie defended Peters's retention payment, advising “anyone who can return the amount of money he did, with millions back to government, I think his retention payment is chickenfeed frankly.”

Following GOLDOC’s final board meeting on Tuesday night, staff numbers will drop to three until October, when it will reduce further to one until the end of December.

A full Commonwealth Games annual report is due to be tabled in the Queensland Parliament in October.

Images: GOLDOC Chief Executive Mark Peters, sprint superstar Yohan Blake, GOLDOC Chair Peter Beattie and Queensland Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones (top) and the Games' opening ceremony (below).

Related Articles

23rd August 2018 - Village Roadshow blames Commonwealth Games and Dreamworld deaths for disappointing results

16th August 2018 - Play Hard Sports Equipment shares Gold Coast Commonwealth Games experiences

22nd May 2018 - 50 Commonwealth Games athletes remain in Australia ‘illegally’

27th April 2018 - Gold Coast Commonwealth Games reinforces Australia’s global events reputation

21st April 2018 - Newspaper questions loyalty payments to senior Gold Coast Commonwealth Games staff

18th April 2018 - Commonwealth Games hits Gold Coast tourism numbers

16th April 2018 - GOLDOC Chairman Beattie admits errors at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

5th April 2018 - Commonwealth Games opening celebrates Australia from beach to bush

5th April 2018 - More to the Commonwealth Games than medals

4th April 2018 - Gold Coast ready for largest ever Commonwealth Games

2nd April 2018 - TTF survey shows nationwide support for Commonwealth Games

25th March 2018 - Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village opened for competitors and officials

2nd August 2016 - Gold Coast Commonwealth Games recognised for sustainable management

15th June 2014 - New Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre to be Gold Coast Commonwealth Games venue

1st October 2013 - Queensland advances Gold Coast Commonwealth Games legacy planning

18th February 2012 - Gold Coast 2018 Games Chair announces Chief Executive appointment


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

GREENEDESK

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business