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Re: 2018 Commonwealth Games
« Reply #80 on: April 04, 2014, 10:59:36 AM »
http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/4/4/four-years-until-gold-coast-commonwealth-games

JOINT STATEMENT
Premier
The Honourable Campbell Newman

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

Friday, April 04, 2014

Four years until Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Friday 4 April 2014 marks four years until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, with planning well underway to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever, on-time and on-budget.

Premier Campbell Newman said the Queensland Government and Commonwealth Games partners had been working diligently to deliver the biggest sports event ever held on the Gold Coast and Australia’s largest sporting event of the decade.

“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will generate up to 30,000 full-time equivalent jobs and contribute $2 billion to the economy,” Mr Newman said.

“Our aim is to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever and preparations are on-track to deliver world-class facilities for competing athletes.

“The completion of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has been brought forward to host the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in August, and last week we revealed the landmark design for the Commonwealth Games Village.

“This new and upgraded infrastructure will provide long-lasting benefits to the community.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said the four years milestone was an important step in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ journey.

“The Commonwealth Games is certainly front-of-mind for many Queenslanders, with the final trials underway to select the team representing Australia in the Glasgow Games later this year,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Following the Closing Ceremony in Glasgow and the official flag handover the Games becomes ours and we are certainly well and truly on track to deliver a great event.

“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the fifth time the Commonwealth Games has been held in Australia and the first time it has been staged in a regional city.

“It will be the biggest event in Australia for at least a decade and a landmark event that will instil a powerful sense of community pride and ownership through the Gold Coast and Queensland.”

Join the embracing2018 community via our dedicated social media sites: www.facebook.com/embracing2018 (external site) and www.twitter.com/embracing2018 (external site)

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Re: 2018 Commonwealth Games
« Reply #81 on: May 01, 2014, 11:58:27 AM »
http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/5/1/committee-to-drive-long-term-games-benefits

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

Committee to drive long term Games’ benefits

The newly-formed Embracing 2018 Advisory Committee, set up to drive, guide and promote lasting statewide benefits from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, will be led by the Honourable Robert Borbidge AO.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the former Queensland Premier was ideally placed to ensure the Games are more than just a sporting event.

“The Embracing 2018 Advisory Committee has a big responsibility in maximising the legacy that would come from hosting such a significant international sporting and cultural event,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I am confident this honorary committee, made up of prominent Queenslanders with strong representation from the Gold Coast, will build on the foundation set by the City of Gold Coast’s Legacy Advisory Committee established last year.

“The committee will help achieve lasting benefits for the state’s business sector, maximise long term community, sport and health benefits, and strengthen Queensland’s standing as Australia’s top tourism destination.”

Commonwealth Games Legacy Committee Chair, the Honourable Robert Borbidge AO said it was a great privilege to be asked to Chair the Queensland Government Embracing 2018 Committee for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

“Our job is to make sure that before, during and long after the Games the people of the Gold Coast and Queensland see lasting benefits from this major event which will make our City and State the focus of world attention in 2018,” Mr Borbidge said.

“Much work has already been carried out by the Council Legacy Committee which I also had the opportunity to chair and I look forward to building on that work for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

“I look forward to working closely with Minister Stuckey, Mayor Tate, GOLDOC and others as we further develop Legacy initiatives.”

Minister Stuckey said the Games will create up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into Queensland’s economy.

“Events such as this only come along every few decades so it is vital that we make the most of this opportunity and create a lasting legacy,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Gold Coast is set to reap major benefits from hosting the Commonwealth Games, but we want this to be an event for all of Queensland, with the benefits flowing back to our state for as long as possible after the curtain goes down on the 2018 celebrations.”

Committee members:

The Honourable Robert Borbidge AO (Chair)

Mr Andrew Baildon- Dual Olympian, and five-time Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Ms Vicky Batten- CEO of FSG Australia

Mr Nick Behrens- General Manager - Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Ms Louise Bezzina- Director of Bleach Festival, the largest cultural Festival on the Gold Coast

Mr Cam Charlton- experienced management consultant with more than 30 years as a chartered accountant

Ms Martine Gill- Principal of Coomera Springs State School

Ms Julie McDonald OAM – Dual Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist

Professor Ian O’Connor- Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University

Mr Sean Ryan- News Corporation Queensland State Director

For more Embracing 2018 information visit www.embracing2018.com

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Re: 2018 Commonwealth Games
« Reply #82 on: June 13, 2014, 11:33:24 AM »
JOINT STATEMENT
Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games venues on target

Venues for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) are set to be delivered well ahead of schedule, with the Queensland Government’s progress being given the tick by the world’s Commonwealth Games Federation.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) were on target to deliver three new sporting venues and major upgrades to eight others.

“This $320 million investment in sport and community infrastructure will generate up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into our economy,” Mr Seeney said.

“I am pleased to report that the Commonwealth Games Federation has also approved the final list of sports and venues for the Games which details that some planned temporary locations will now become permanent venues, creating an even stronger legacy for Queenslanders.”

Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the positive changes to planned venues were the result of detailed consultation and planning undertaken by the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast, GOLDOC and other key partners.

“The process has resulted in design enhancements to the new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre that will increase the size of the venue from 6,000m2 to 10,000m2,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The new existing Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre has also benefited, with the venue now in the early design stage. It is set to double in size to accommodate the wrestling in addition to the badminton competitions.

“The Carrara Indoor Stadium has also been identified as an additional venue and will be upgraded to replace a temporary venue to host the weightlifting competition during the Commonwealth Games, providing yet another great sporting infrastructure legacy for the Gold Coast.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the City had worked in partnership with the government and GOLDOC to ensure the best possible Commonwealth Games venue legacy outcomes.

“Together with our partners, we’ve reviewed the venues master plan to ensure any changes to the proposed Gold Coast venues result in greater benefits for our city in the long term,” Cr Tate said.

“Changes to the Carrara Sports Precinct will strengthen its capacity as an internationally-significant sports precinct and support the attraction of elite and high performance sporting events and training camps.

“The new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre will now not only be a great community venue for local sporting groups and residents in the northern Gold Coast, it will also be capable of hosting larger events.”

Ms Stuckey again congratulated local Gold Coast firm BDA Architecture who were designing the new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre, with Cox Rayner Architects to design the new Queensland State Velodrome.

“Progress and delivery of all venues and the Commonwealth Games Village will continue to be overseen by the Commonwealth Games Infrastructure Authority,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The first of the Commonwealth Games venues—the $41 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre—is due to be handed over to the Gold Coast City Council this month.

“We brought forward the Aquatic Centre and are delivering it on time and on budget.  We are confident that our strong planning will deliver the remaining venues ahead of schedule.”

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Re: 2018 Commonwealth Games
« Reply #83 on: July 04, 2014, 07:33:29 AM »
JOINT STATEMENT
Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

Friday, July 04, 2014

Commonwealth Games Village wins DA approval

 The Gold Coast is a step closer to 1,500 new construction jobs following the approval of Grocon’s development application for the Commonwealth Games Village.

 Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the development approval was a major milestone for the project and great news for Gold Coast workers and their families.

“The approval for the Parklands redevelopment is an important next step in delivering a project worth an estimated $500 million to the Gold Coast,” Mr Seeney said.

“The 2018 Commonwealth Games will provide a huge boost to construction and tourism on the Gold Coast, as well as lasting legacies for the city.”

More than 1,500 jobs will be created during construction of the village, which has been designed as a vibrant mixed-use community development, to be integrated with the existing Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

“Building the Commonwealth Games Village delivers on our promise to provide better infrastructure, jobs and prosperity for Queensland families,” Mr Seeney said.

Grocon is set to build the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village on seven hectares of the 29-hectare Parklands site, with a further seven hectares dedicated to parks and open space.

The Commonwealth Games Village will provide essential services and accommodation for around 6,500 athletes and officials during the games.

A number of stakeholders were involved in the development application assessment process, including the City of Gold Coast Council, Economic Development Queensland and the Queensland Government Architect.

Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey welcomed Grocon’s development approval.

“The Commonwealth Games Village is the largest piece of infrastructure for the games and will be a hub for our city during and long after 2018,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The eyes of the Commonwealth will shortly be in the Gold Coast. Important milestones such as this show how our strong plan will deliver the best Commonwealth Games on record.”

Grocon Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Viney said the approval paved the way for a major transformation of the Parklands site.

“The Commonwealth Games Village is of world-class design and will see a highly-desirable lifestyle and supporting infrastructure built for a vibrant new community on the Gold Coast,” Ms Viney said.

“The project will include 1200 permanent apartments and townhouses across 30 buildings ranging up to nine levels in height.

“The development will include a neighbourhood retail centre, village heart and active main street, plus a seven hectare park as the main recreational feature of the precinct.” 

Construction of the Commonwealth Games Village is expected to start next year.

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« Reply #84 on: July 08, 2014, 11:52:55 AM »
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

Spectacular venue on time and on budget for 2018 Commonwealth Games

The first competition venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the new $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, has been delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today inspected the redeveloped aquatic centre, built under a joint partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast.

“The Commonwealth Games will inject $2 billion into the Gold Coast economy and this spectacular new centre is just the beginning of a wave of investment,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Games are on track to create 30,000 full-time jobs and I’m delighted the first facility has been delivered on time and on budget. I congratulate everyone involved.”   

Among the new facilities is a 50 metre competition pool, a refurbished 50 metre lane training pool and diving pool and a dry dive facility, making the Aquatic Centre a major drawcard for future elite competitions.

“The redevelopment of the aquatic centre has been delivered earlier than originally planned to enable the Pan Pacific Championships to be held here in August,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The centre is stunning and with a backdrop like the Broadwater it’s sure to attract many international swimming events into the future.”

Minister Stuckey said the $320 million investment in sport and community infrastructure in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games would provide long-term economic benefits for south east Queensland.

“We will deliver three new world-class competition venues and undertake major upgrades to a further eight venues in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Ms Stuckey said.

Local industry participation in the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has been high with more than 90 per cent of the firms involved in the project from south east Queensland and 60 per cent from the Gold Coast specifically.

“We can see before our eyes the Commonwealth Games is already starting to provide significant long-term benefits for Queenslanders,” Ms Stuckey said.

The City of Gold Coast began its takeover of the facility in late June and is preparing to open the centre as a community facility in September.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the aquatic centre project had been an outstanding collaboration between the City and the Queensland Government.

“Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be a signature venue for the Commonwealth Games and the City is proud to have partnered with the government to deliver it two years ahead of schedule,” said Cr Tate.

“The venue is spectacular and will be a show stealer when it makes its international debut hosting the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (Pan Pacs) next month.

“On behalf of the City, I thank all the aquatic centre’s regular users and the local community for their patience and understanding during construction.

“The aquatic centre will not only be a world class international venue, it’s also a wonderful asset for our local community and we look forward to giving it back to the people of the Gold Coast after the Pan Pacs.”

The managing contractor for the $41.39 million redevelopment was Watpac and the design architect was Cox Rayner Architects.

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Aquatic Centre Facts

    The facility has six pools in total, comprising:
    Three new pools: 50m (10-lane) competition swimming pool, 10m x 15m learn-to-swim pool, children’s play pool
    Three refurbished pools: 50m 8-lane training pool, 25 x 25m program pool, diving pool
    Other new facilities include: dry dive training facility, change rooms and amenities, support facilities, 600m2 gymnasium, indoor/outdoor café, multi–function meeting rooms, consultation rooms, crèche, event facilities, 155 car parking spaces.
    Approximately 9 million litres of water was required to fill all six pools.
    The total tiling area of the pools is 4,621m2 comprising of approximately 250,000 new and existing tiles.
    The Aquatic Centre is designed to expand with temporary seating for up to 12,500 for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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« Reply #85 on: August 15, 2014, 07:05:49 AM »
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Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

Major construction contract awarded for Brisbane velodrome

Up to 185 jobs could be created when Queensland-based construction group Watpac builds the new $55 million Queensland State Velodrome at Chandler in Brisbane for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said a total of $320 million would be invested in sport and community infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games over the next four years, providing an unrivalled opportunity for south east Queensland businesses.

“The awarding today of the multi-million dollar contract to construct a world-class velodrome at Chandler follows Brisbane-based Cox Rayner Architects receiving the design contract earlier this year,” Mr Seeney said.

“The Commonwealth Games is expected to inject $2 billion into our economy and provide up to 30,000 full time equivalent jobs.

“We promised to grow the construction pillar of our economy and boost jobs and the significant investment in infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games is delivering just that.

“The Can-Do LNP Government is focussed on creating jobs and opportunities through investment in infrastructure. Only the LNP has a strong plan to get the state back on track and ensure all Queenslanders can enjoy the benefits of economic growth.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business & the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Queensland was renowned for high quality international events and outstanding infrastructure.

“The velodrome will be another world-class venue that Queensland can add to its growing portfolio,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Queensland Government has recently released the GC2018 Forward Procurement Plan that includes opportunities for infrastructure work, goods and service requirements from now, right through until the event.

“There will be opportunities for local sub-contractors to benefit from the construction of the velodrome, and I would encourage businesses to register on the ICN Gateway if they haven’t already.

“The first of the Commonwealth Games venues—the $41 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre—has already been delivered, bringing big economic and social benefits to our state. I am confident the velodrome will bring the same benefits to Brisbane.”

The new velodrome will be built at the southern end of the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, which will allow the current velodrome to remain in use while construction of the new facility is underway. It will boast a world-class timber track and streamlined roof design to overcome the weather limitations of the existing outdoor velodrome, which was built for the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games. Its design includes mixed use sports courts, function spaces and a café.

Watpac Chief Executive Officer Martin Monro said the group was proud to be delivering the first stage of the Queensland State Velodrome.

“Watpac is extremely pleased to have been selected to build this world class facility which will be centre stage at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Monro said.

“As a Queensland-based national builder, Watpac has a strong reputation for delivering high quality sport facilities, such as Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba.

“We look forward to working with the Queensland Government and local business community to deliver this exciting piece of sporting infrastructure.”

Watpac expects to take possession of the site from October 2014 and construction is due to be finished by mid-2016. A separate contract will be awarded later this year for construction and design of the timber cycling track.

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« Reply #90 on: March 31, 2015, 01:05:43 PM »
Media Release
Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

New governance for the Commonwealth Games

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, today announced new measures to ensure the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are delivered on time and for the benefit of Queenslanders, Gold Coast residents, businesses and industry.

Today’s announcement follows the Queensland Audit Office’s 2014 report on Commonwealth Games Progress which found that whilst preparations are progressing, there is no single source of accountability or authority for whole of Games management.

“Addressing issues raised in the Auditor-General’s report has been a priority, that’s why I urgently met with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, and City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate,” Ms Jones said.

“The Games are set to create 30,000 jobs and leave an economic impact of $2 billion but it became clear that all of this was at risk.

“We’ve taken action to improve accountability so Queenslanders and Games partners can have faith that the Games are on track.

“Today’s announcement brings a new level of leadership to Games delivery with the establishment of the Tourism and Commonwealth Games Cabinet Committee.

“The Cabinet Committee will provide strategic direction for the delivery of GC2018 and the Embracing 2018 legacy program to ensure Queensland benefits from the Games,” Ms Jones said.

Under the new arrangements, responsibility for the delivery of every aspect of GC2018, including infrastructure, will rest with the Minister for the Commonwealth Games, who will chair the Cabinet Committee.

To support GOLDOC, a Deputy Director-General’s positon will be created within the new Office of Commonwealth Games Delivery within the Department of Tourism, Major Events and Small Business.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are the best games ever witnessed and that they leave a lasting legacy for Queensland and the Gold Coast.
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« Reply #91 on: April 04, 2015, 11:54:22 AM »
http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2015/4/4/three-years-to-go-until-gc2018

Media Statements
Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones
Saturday, April 04, 2015

‘Three Years to Go’ until GC2018

The countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is underway with today marking ‘Three Years to Go’ until the Games commence.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, marked the milestone at GC2018 celebrations at Broadbeach today and called on Queenslanders to join in the excitement as the Games draw closer.

“The groundwork to a great event is underway and three years will go by in a flash. It’s time for Queenslanders to get excited about the 2018 Commonwealth Games and plan how they can get involved,” Ms Jones said

“The Commonwealth Games are going to have a huge impact, not just on the Gold Coast, but on Queensland. A $2 billion injection into the economy and 30,000 jobs are just the beginning of the bigger legacy the Games will bring to this State.

“There is a $320 million infrastructure program delivering new and upgraded sporting venues, including the Carrara Sports Precinct, the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and the new Queensland State Velodrome at Chandler in Brisbane. Bringing these venues up to world class standard will help secure other major events into the future.

“Our new and improved venues are already gaining international attention, with Queensland securing the major international badminton tournament, the Sudirman Cup to be held at Carrara in 2017.

“The international spotlight will be on the Gold Coast and Queensland well before Games time which gives us a great chance to showcase our expertise as a host of major events and our attraction as a tourist destination.

“And it’s not just the South East we want to involve. There will be Commonwealth Games Basketball heats in Townsville and Cairns and opportunities for community celebrations around the State. To maximise these opportunities, our Games legacy program, Embracing 2018 is establishing Regional Working Groups across Queensland, with groups in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Redlands/Logan already active in their communities."

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the three years to go milestone was one the Gold Coast and all of Queensland should be excited about.

“Anticipation is really starting to build here on the Gold Coast and my impression is this is also happening in Brisbane and around the State.

“The Commonwealth Games will be the party of the decade for us all and the clock is well and truly ticking.”

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Nigel Charmier says today is a very significant day for GOLDOC, and a turning point.

“Three years to go is very symbolic. If you look at what we’ve achieved and what we have yet to achieve, you look at the venues currently under construction, the building of our current team of 80 people growing to a couple of hundred next year, there is a lot happening. And so it will go on until we get over 1000 staff by Games-time,” he said.

“Right now, it’s important we engage the whole of the community on the Gold Coast, throughout the State and indeed the whole of Australia. This is an ideal opportunity to tell people about a great event that will change the face of the Gold Coast forever,” he said.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from 4-15 April 2018. More information is available at www.qld.gov.au/commonwealthgames
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« Reply #92 on: April 04, 2015, 12:49:45 PM »
 The two glaringly obvious infrastructure projects in preparation for the games are the connection of the GCLR to the heavy rail Gold Coast line and the need for the duplication of Beerburrum to Glasshouse and Palmwoods to Eudlo, both projects that are justified without the games but become essential infrastructure items for the games.   :lo   :hc

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« Reply #93 on: April 04, 2015, 09:29:03 PM »
The Sunshine Coast line has no relevance to the games - certainly not going to happen because of them.
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« Reply #94 on: April 09, 2015, 04:33:29 PM »
JOINT STATEMENT
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Construction begins at Carrara Commonwealth Games venue

Construction at the $122 million Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Carrara Sports Precinct is officially underway.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, joined Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate today to mark commencement of the first stage of the project - the new $101 million Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

The Premier said the centre is the first of four projects in the Carrara Sports Precinct that will be delivered over the next two years.

“This is a key Games venue that is generating 400 jobs during design and construction,” the Premier said.

“The Centre is a major piece of infrastructure for the Gold Coast and will accommodate a wide range of court sports including basketball, netball, indoor soccer and badminton.

“These projects aren’t just about the Commonwealth Games. They’re creating jobs and they’re helping strengthen the regional economy.

“I’m immensely proud that it was a Labor Government that helped win the right to host the Games in 2018. My Government is determined to work collaboratively with the Gold Coast City Council and the Federal Government to deliver the best Games possible.”

Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering the $320 million Commonwealth Games infrastructure program on budget and well ahead of the Games.

“The Commonwealth Games infrastructure program is an important investment in the region that will not only generate 1000 jobs during design and construction, but also ensure the local community; local business and local industry reap long term benefits from the event.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the commencement of works at Carrara heralded a major ramp up of preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

“The Carrara Sports Precinct will be the centrepiece for the Commonwealth Games and is the most significant venue infrastructure project,” Councillor Tate said.

“While Carrara has undergone a series of redevelopments over the years, this project will transform the area around the stadium into a truly world class sports precinct.

“As a major hub for both elite and community-based sports, the Carrara Sports Precinct will be the premier location for high-performance training and competition, major events, and local sports development.

“The legacy this project will deliver will be one that Gold Coasters enjoy for generations to come,” he said.

$320 million will be invested in venues infrastructure ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, including $154 million in Commonwealth Government funding.

More information is available at www.qld.gov.au/commonwealthgames
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Media Release
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Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

185 jobs and top class cycling hub coming to Chandler

Queensland’s first indoor cycling velodrome is closer to completion after nine towers to provide temporary support for the $58 million structure were erected, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Queensland State Velodrome, which is under construction at Chandler and set to support 185 jobs, will create a new hub for the community and for elite cyclists in the South East.

Ms Palaszczuk was joined by Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones and Federal member for Bonner Ross Vasta to inspect progress on the facility which will host the track cycling competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Ms Palaszczuk said the 12 metre towers would support construction of the velodrome’s 750 tonne steel superstructure.

“The Velodrome is scheduled for completion mid 2016 – almost two years out from the Games,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Queensland is already reaping rewards from this facility with 185 jobs supported during design and construction.

“We have a long history of successful cyclists in Queensland like Olympic Gold Medallist Anna Meares and national champion Mike Victor.

“This new indoor facility will ensure Queensland cycling continues to grow and develop as well as attract larger national and international cycling events.

“This Government is all about growing Queensland’s future, whether it’s jobs, tourism, infrastructure or the economy.

“With the Queensland State Velodrome project, we’re growing this precinct into a world class venue for future events that the local community can enjoy and be proud of for years to come.

Ms Jones said the velodrome would leave an outstanding legacy for Queensland athletes.

“Its proximity to the BMX SuperX Track as well as the pool, gymnasium, catering and accommodation will allow it to become a centre of excellence for cycling,” Ms Jones said.

“It will attract elite training squads and competition events from Australia and overseas.

“We have the BMX National championships starting tomorrow, an event supported by this government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

“There are almost 1,500 competitors taking part over five days, which shows how important state-of-the-art facilities are when it comes to attracting national and international events.”

Member for Bonner Ross Vasta welcomed the news.

“I’m pleased to witness today a major milestone in the construction of this world-class facility,” Mr Vasta said.

 “The velodrome once completed will create scores of jobs and help grow the economy by attracting elite athletes and world-class cycling events to our state.

 “The Australian Government has been proud to partner with the Queensland Government to deliver this world-class infrastructure for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.”

 The crane towers constructed on the velodrome site will eventually hold up a central steel oculus which is the first component of the 117 metre by 113 metre velodrome roof that will be constructed later this year.
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« Reply #97 on: April 27, 2015, 11:51:04 AM »
"World Clarse" is indeed back in full force ;) :cc: :mu:
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« Reply #98 on: April 27, 2015, 12:08:21 PM »
Do the PR spin doctors who write this stuff for governments ever travel outside Queensland to compare us with the rest of the world?

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« Reply #99 on: April 27, 2015, 02:45:35 PM »
Do the PR spin doctors who write this stuff for governments ever travel outside Queensland to compare us with the rest of the world?

Not at all, there's no need to travel anywhere else in the world when your world class city has world class sporting facilities and world class tourist attractions which are easily accessible via our world class public transport system. :co3
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Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Commonwealth Games Federation report confirms GC2018 on track

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are on track to be the best Games ever.

The Commonwealth Games Federation today issued a strong endorsement of Games’ progress and preparations following its third Coordination Commission (CoCom) meeting on the Gold Coast this week.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones welcomed the positive report which showed delivery of every aspect of the Games was on track and on budget.

“With less than three years to go until the opening ceremony, we are in position to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever,” Ms Jones said.

“The Commission’s feedback has been very positive and highlighted our progress on the $320 million Games infrastructure program, transport planning, sustainability, the Health and Knowledge Precinct and the tremendous legacy opportunities the Games will bring to Queensland.”

Ms Jones said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games would create 30,000 jobs and leave a lasting legacy for Queensland.

“This positive report identifies the strong partnership that has developed between the Games organising corporation and partners at all levels of government,” she said.

“I commend the hard work of GOLDOC, Queensland Government agencies led by the Office of Commonwealth Games Delivery and our other partners, City of Gold Coast and the Federal Government.

“Of course there is still much to be done as we head towards April 2018 but this Commonwealth Games Federation report confirms that we are in a strong position.”
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http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2015/6/30/search-for-the-gc2018-mascot-begins?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Search for the GC2018 Mascot begins

The search is on for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Official Mascot.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones today launched a nation-wide competition to find the GC2018 mascot and invited all Australians to enter a hand-drawn design.

Minister Jones said the mascot will be the personality of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The mascot will welcome 6,500 athletes and officials to the Gold Coast and thousands of international visitors,” Ms Jones said.

“We’re looking for a fun, energetic and friendly character that will inspire people from all over the world to come to the Gold Coast for the Games.

“The mascot will be sporty, adventurous and enjoy travelling all over the world to places like India, Canada, Jamaica and England to get people excited about GC2018.

“The mascot will be passionate about the Gold Coast and Australia, and will inspire people to get involved in the Games.

“The winning design will be developed into Games merchandise including toys and clothing so this really is an exciting opportunity for everyone.

“All Australians, from the youngest to the oldest, are invited to enter by drawing a character that will capture the imagination of the entire Commonwealth.

“The winner will receive four tickets to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, including flights and accommodation,” Ms Jones said.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the official mascot for GC2018 was an important part of capturing the spirit and identity of the event.

“Development of the mascot is not only a great opportunity to get involved in the Games, it’s also about bringing everyone on the journey,” said Cr Tate.

“A competition is a fun way to be creative and think outside the square.

“We need a mascot that’s truly unique, so I’m calling on everyone to get involved and submit their ideas,” he said.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Nigel Chamier OAM said the competition reaches out to every corner of the continent.

“The mascot search is the first time we’ve engaged the entire country in GC2018,” Mr Chamier said.

“Opening the competition up like this will guarantee that we get a mascot that will represent the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia on the world stage in a truly unique way.

“The mascot must inspire, educate and entertain and there are 23 million people out there who can be a part of helping us unearth that character.

“We encourage everyone to put pen to paper – their creative inspiration could earn them an experience like 12 year old Glaswegian school girl, Beth Gilmour winning designer of Clyde the Thistle, the highly successful mascot for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games,” he said.

To enter, visit http://www.gc2018.com/mascot (external site), read the criteria and download the official entry form.

The competition ends at the close of business on Monday 27 July.
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Gold Coast Bulletin --> Jupiters Hotel and Casino named as sponsor for 2018 Commonwealth Games
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Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Curtis Pitt

New Queensland State Velodrome on track

Queensland’s first indoor velodrome is powering ahead, with local businesses at the forefront of delivering an iconic venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, on budget and on track to open in 2016.

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt inspected progress on the $58 million Queensland State Velodrome today where 90 workers are on site and the 1165 tonne steel superstructure is nearing completion.

Acting Premier Pitt said the Velodrome, which will host the GC2018 track cycling competition, is currently creating opportunities for home-grown businesses to demonstrate their expertise and build capability on a major legacy project for the Games.

“The Velodrome construction has generated work for businesses from Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast including piling, civil works, concrete, reinforcement, scaffolding, formwork, roof fabric and plant hire,” Mr Pitt said.

“Local firm Beenleigh Steel Fabrications has invested around 30,000 workshop hours delivering all the steel fabrication, including the intricate roof centrepiece, the ‘oculus’.

Tourism and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said it was a fantastic effort that showed the depth of talent of local businesses and tradespeople.

“The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that, where possible, Commonwealth Games job and business opportunities benefit Queenslanders and the velodrome project alone is generating up to 185 full-time equivalent jobs during design and construction,” Ms Jones said.

"Managing Contractor WATPAC estimates the project will bring together around 2500 skilled tradesmen and professionals on site and off site from a variety of disciplines who will all play a role in delivering the venue."

The $320 million dollar GC2018 venue program, jointly funded with the Australian Government, is generating 1000 full-time equivalent jobs during design and construction.

“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will leave a positive legacy for Queensland, and the benefits to our economy are already being realised,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Velodrome and other Games related infrastructure projects are directly creating employment and providing opportunities to build the skills of our workers.” 

Once completed, this new world-class facility will be located alongside the Brisbane Super X BMX Track at Sleeman Sports Complex and will provide a new centre of excellence for cycling in Queensland.
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Brisbanetimes --> 6500 parking spaces in Gold Coast park and ride plan

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Commonwealth Games ticket-holders will receive free public transport to and from the Gold Coast during the 2018 Games because there will be no parking for their cars at the new Games facilities on the Gold Coast.

Up to 6500 new car spaces will be built over the next two years in a network of new temporary park and ride areas on the Gold Coast.

The free public transport and new park-and-ride stations was confirmed on Thursday by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, GOLDOC, which are in the early stages of negotiating how the tens of thousands of sports fans will get from venue to venue in April 2018 ...


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« Reply #105 on: October 16, 2015, 05:54:28 AM »
I expect most of these spaces are going to be truly temporary the way the park n ride sites for current special events are (eg Firth Park at Mudgeeraba).

What is really needed on top of all this is to pump up the existing public bus network before the games.
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Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Games HQ officially opened

More than 1000 Games staff will eventually fill the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) headquarters officially opened at Ashmore today.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said the offices at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Campus at Heeb Street Ashmore would continue to expand as the Games’ workforce grows in the lead up to April 2018.

“These headquarters are a hub for the planning and roll out of the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Jones said.

“The offices currently have 338 workstations and 33 meeting rooms, each with WiFi and technology to support a sustainable and virtual meeting environment.

“The workspace has been designed around flexibility with the ability to grow and change significantly as Games time approaches.”

Ms Jones said refurbishment works on the TAFE campus had created significant opportunities for the local workforce.

“A large number of local suppliers have been involved in the process of securing and fitting out the offices, which is making great use of existing infrastructure,” she said.

“In fact 93 per cent of the works to date have been carried out by Gold Coast and south east Queensland-based contractors.”

Stage one was completed in December 2014, stage two in late May, the most recent stage was finished in September while stage four refurbishment is due for completion mid-2016.

TAFE trades training facility continues to occupy a significant portion of the campus.

Gold Coast construction company Condev Constructions Pty Ltd has been the principal contractor for the refurbishment.

Minister Jones said the headquarters was just one of many GC2018 projects that are delivering outstanding employment outcomes.

“As of this morning, 2689 unique businesses have registered with the Embracing 2018 initiative, the Industry Capability Network (ICN), resulting in 17,826 expressions of interest against Commonwealth Games work packages,” she said.

“Interest from Gold Coast and Queensland firms across the board has been exceptional.

“I want to ensure GC2018 leaves a lasting legacy for the Gold Coast and creating local jobs is a large part of that.”

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said GOLDOC was a valued employer for the Gold Coast.

“I am delighted the new premises at Ashmore are complete and understand around 70 percent of the fit-out work was won by local suppliers,’’ he said.

“GOLDOC is rapidly becoming one of the city’s larger employers which is further good news for our strengthening economy. Bring on the Games.”

GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier OAM said the GC2018 headquarters fit-out captures the optimism and positive energy of the Gold Coast.

“The objective was to design a headquarters that defines the personality and tone of GC2018 specifically – a personality that would distinguish it from other Commonwealth Games headquarters,” Mr Chamier said.

“The design celebrates pride in the Gold Coast being the first regional city to host a Commonwealth Games through reference to the natural beauty and identity of our city.

“It is a bright and vibrant place to work and we are confident it sets the right tone for our team to enjoy their workplace and its surrounds.”

Today’s opening was also attended by GOLDOC staff and Queensland Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton who presented a painting Ajarku Muruu which in the language of the Chern’ee’s Kalkadoon people means All One Country.
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« Reply #107 on: December 04, 2015, 06:09:55 PM »
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Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Commonwealth Games on track for 2018

With 852 days until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), the Commonwealth Games Federation Coordination Commission today delivered a strong endorsement of progress and preparation for the Games.

The regular review, which was delivered as part of the fourth meeting of the Coordination Commission (CoCom), highlighted strengths in GC2018 planning pace, venue progress, budget, transport operations, procurement and sponsorship, Indigenous engagement and legacy initiatives.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones welcomed the positive review and said it confirmed the Palaszczuk Government’s swift action to introduce new governance measures to oversee the Games was the right decision for Queensland.

“GC2018 will be a once-in-lifetime event that will leave a lasting legacy for Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“The Games will inject $2 billion into our economy, support up to 30,000 jobs and see the construction and upgrade of 17 world-class facilities as part of a $320 million Games infrastructure program.

“In the last six months, we’ve seen significant progress on venue construction, procurement, sponsorship and community engagement for the Games, including the establishment of a number of Embracing 2018 Regional Working Groups across the state which will assist in coordinating regional input and contribution towards GC2018.”

Minister Jones said the CoCom also acknowledged the Games’ highly-skilled workforce and ongoing cross-partner collaboration, which had contributed to an accelerated and successful pace in preparations.

“The Games will be here before we know it so this guidance and feedback from the CoCom is invaluable as we ramp up our preparations,” Ms Jones said.

“This review again highlights the strong collaboration between the Games organising committee and games delivery partners, who all share the same momentum, enthusiasm and commitment.

GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier OAM said he was delighted with the review and valued the guidance and importance of the Coordination Commission.

“This is an extremely important process in planning to deliver a great Games and we appreciate the time and the expertise the CoCom members share with us,” Mr Chamier said.

“I am pleased the CoCom recognise the strength of the partnerships we have developed with our games delivery partners and the fact that our preparations are well and truly on track.

“We will certainly heed their advice and remain vigilant in our planning and collaboration to ensure delivery of a great Games in 2018.”

The next Coordination Committee Meeting will be held in mid-2016.
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« Reply #108 on: December 09, 2015, 09:14:41 PM »
The questions is the gold Coast really ready for the commonwealth games

Firstly the fact that trains are only going to be able to run at a 30 minute frequency to and from the Gold coast caused by only being 1 track between coomera and helensvale and 2 tracks between beenleigh and kurbay and 3 between kuraby and park road will just not support the millions of people travelling to and from the games

secondly with the new extension between griffith university and helensvale will only accommodate 4 new trams only allowing a 7.5 light rails service when the commonwealth games beings with the major population growth and the visitors to the commonwealth games a 7.5 minutes frequency isn't going to cut it unfortunately

other projects should of been planned ahead in like the extension of the gold coast line to coolangatta airport(Cost 2.8 billion) the additional stations at Yatala, Pimpama, Coomera North, Helensvale North, Parkwood and Merrimac both should of been planned to open and accommodate passengers by 2018

But its Queensland so what do you expect :clp:


Additionally Thinking ahead what would the new HI frequency network be like in 2018 and will the gold coast roads be able to handle the traffic in 2018


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« Reply #109 on: December 09, 2015, 11:59:54 PM »
The questions is the gold Coast really ready for the commonwealth games

Firstly the fact that trains are only going to be able to run at a 30 minute frequency to and from the Gold coast caused by only being 1 track between coomera and helensvale and 2 tracks between beenleigh and kurbay and 3 between kuraby and park road will just not support the millions of people travelling to and from the games

The Coomera River section will be duplicated by 2017.  It's in the budget and being procured.  With that constraint gone, you can run as many trains as you like in both directions, limited only by the number of Beenleigh trains.  I sincerely doubt the Beenleigh line is going to be prioritised when the games are on.

secondly with the new extension between griffith university and helensvale will only accommodate 4 new trams only allowing a 7.5 light rails service when the commonwealth games beings with the major population growth and the visitors to the commonwealth games a 7.5 minutes frequency isn't going to cut it unfortunately

Says who?

other projects should of been planned ahead in like the extension of the gold coast line to coolangatta airport(Cost 2.8 billion) the additional stations at Yatala, Pimpama, Coomera North, Helensvale North, Parkwood and Merrimac both should of been planned to open and accommodate passengers by 2018

Gods no.  The line is slow enough already, and Parkwood is now completely unnecessary.

Additionally Thinking ahead what would the new HI frequency network be like in 2018 and will the gold coast roads be able to handle the traffic in 2018

It will only need a modest investment in additional buses to fix most of the existing problems.  Probably around 50 more or so would be enough to fill in the really bad gaps and allow for some necessary frequency boosts.   This is leaving aside the several hundreds of buses which will be around to deal with special duties during the games.

I have no doubt they will make it work honestly.
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« Reply #110 on: December 10, 2015, 03:26:50 PM »
other projects should of been planned ahead in like the extension of the gold coast line to coolangatta airport(Cost 2.8 billion) the additional stations at Yatala, Pimpama, Coomera North, Helensvale North, Parkwood and Merrimac both should of been planned to open and accommodate passengers by 2018

Are you really calling for there to be almost double the amount of stations on the Gold Coast line from Beenleigh to Varsity Lakes? That's a terrible, terrible idea that would slow the line down considerably. At the moment, there is an approximate 5 minute (min 4 mins, max 7 mins) spacing between stations, averaging ~8.2km between stations (min 4.05km, max 12.7km). I think these sorts of spacing are about as close as you could ever want for a (comparatively) high speed interurban rail line like the GC Line, as any closer than that really negates the speed advantage that line affords, giving you a line that operates more like the slow, meandering Beenleigh Line.

Also, your proposed stop locations don't make a lot of sense.

Yatala – a large, sprawling industrial estate where, due to the type of uses that are associated with such estates, many people working there really do require their own transport. I don't know if there is any demand for public transport to Yatala, but even if there is, buses from Beenleigh Station would surely be sufficient.

Pimpama – The current Ormeau Station is located half way between Ormeau and Pimpama, so another station located in Pimpama proper would be far too close without requiring Ormeau to be relocated as well. Again, improving services like the 721 and 722 should be a sufficient measure in the short to medium term. When (IF) the Pimpama Town Centre ever gets off the ground, then we can talk about a Pimpama Station.

Helensvale North – Helensvale North and surrounding suburbs like Oxenford, Hope Island and Upper Coomera are located halfway between the existing Coomera and Helensvale Stations and, if I recall correctly, are already pretty well covered by bus routes that only really need increases in frequency and span.

Parkwood – Not required due to GCLR Stage 2.

Merrimac – Not a large enough area to require a dedicated train station. Bus services to Robina exists and really only requires an increase in frequency and span.   

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« Reply #111 on: December 15, 2015, 12:46:37 PM »
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Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

First step to deliver new transit-oriented development for Gold Coast

State-owned land at Varsity Lakes will be transformed under a plan to deliver more parking for the important transport hub in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, announced the Palaszczuk Government is seeking expressions of interest to develop the 8.4 hectare site next to the Varsity Lakes Train Station into a vibrant transit-oriented retail, commercial and residential development and boost parking facilities for the Commonwealth Games.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the best and most qualified developers to deliver a high-quality, transit-oriented development project that integrates a new retail and residential precinct with the Varsity Lakes Train Station,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“In addition to developing the mixed-use site, the successful tenderer will need to double the permanent park ‘n’ ride capacity from 300 to 600 spaces, and also provide additional temporary parking for spectators attending Commonwealth Games venues on the Gold Coast.”

Mr Hinchliffe said a successful transport operation was critical to the success of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“It is forecast that six million extra journeys will be made across the Gold Coast during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and it is critical we enhance and improve transport coordination, existing rail and bus services, boost park’n’ride facilities and improve the road network,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Linking the road network to heavy rail, the Varsity Lakes Train Station and park ‘n’ ride will be an important transport hub, providing necessary day-to-day transport connections for Gold Coast residents and commuters, as well as spectators at Games time.

“This precinct will be a fantastic development for the Varsity Lakes community and provide a lasting legacy of improved public transport in the area.”

Mr Hinchliffe said expressions of interest would be sought from the development industry through the competitive tender process released today.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) is the first stage in the process to appoint a tenderer to design and deliver a transit-oriented retail, commercial and residential development and transport infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will work with the preferred tenderer to facilitate delivery of the mixed-use precinct and deliver the park ’n’ ride infrastructure.

More information about the EOI is available on the QTenders website www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/ (Tender No. TMR15015)

For further information about the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games visit www.gc2018.com (external site) and aheadofthegames.embracing2018.com (external site).
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« Reply #112 on: December 15, 2015, 04:06:26 PM »
Building more park and ride is literally the opposite of TOD. Almost Orwellian spin.

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« Reply #113 on: December 15, 2015, 04:30:46 PM »
Building more park and ride is literally the opposite of TOD. Almost Orwellian spin.
It was mentioned months ago that Park n Rides will be upgraded and new ones built to cope with the games. Its going to be a deisel mini bus and car orientated games. What about ordering some hybrid gas or diesel low emmission articulated buses to connect to the train stations and the Gold Coast airport?

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« Reply #114 on: December 18, 2015, 12:14:12 PM »
On top hope they build covered Solar Carpark n rides not just blazing Asphalt ones that attract heat and are a waste of space.

http://ecogeneration.com.au/news/pines_elanora_installs_australias_largest_solar_car_park/100679?utm_source=newsletter

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Design of GC2018 hockey venue unveiled

A scaled-up redevelopment of the Gold Coast Hockey Centre is one step closer with the release of final design images for the $14.5 million facility at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador.

Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe unveiled the new plans for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games venue which reveal an improved design for the facility, currently home to the Gold Coast Hockey Association and Labrador Hockey Club.

Minister Hinchliffe said project redevelopment includes the upgrade of two synthetic pitches to international standard, an upgraded turf pitch and permanent seating for 200 spectators, with capacity for 5,000 spectators at Games time.

“The original Games Bid only included upgrade works to the hockey pitches, but these plans now include an upgrade and expansion that will see the clubhouse more than double in size,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“This improved design will benefit the sport of hockey on the Gold Coast and help attract major competitions and international training camps in future.

“In addition to the facilities at Labrador, a further $2.25 million has been allocated to build an additional synthetic hockey pitch at the Sports Super Centre at Runaway Bay, to be used as a training pitch during the Games.

“This redevelopment is an important investment and will deliver a tremendous facility and legacy for Gold Coast hockey and the community.

“The local community will also be able to enjoy the new facility more than a year out from the Games.”

Designed by MODE on the Gold Coast, the redevelopment will include an expansion of existing facilities to incorporate new meeting rooms, kitchen and bar facilities, a function room, change rooms, toilets and permanent spectator seating overlooking the two synthetic pitches.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said this investment in hockey infrastructure would be another enduring legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“We will see enormous benefits in hosting national and international tournaments well into the future,” Cr Tate said.

“This is an incredible chance to provide young and aspiring hockey players with the opportunity to train and build their skills locally in a world-class facility.”

Federal Minister for Sport Sussan Ley said the Australian Government’s $156 million commitment to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games would provide a lasting legacy not only for South-East Queensland but for the nation as a whole.

“The local community are not only benefiting from this funding with a boost to construction activity but from the benefits of having athletes and visitors experiencing this world-class facility,” Minister Ley said.

“The Commonwealth Games will continue to cement Australia’s reputation as a world-class host of major international sporting events following this year’s successful Netball World Cup, Cricket World Cup and Asian Cup – all hosted on home soil.”

Building works are scheduled to commence in early 2016 for completion by early 2017 while upgrades to the hockey pitches will be carried out in between the 2016/17 hockey season to minimise disruption to the sport on the Gold Coast.
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Media Statements
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Statement on the independent advice into the tender process to appoint a company to produce the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

I was proud to be part of a Government that won the Commonwealth Games for the Gold Coast.

And I am determined – as the new Minister for the Games – to ensure it delivers for the Gold Coast and Queensland.

As reported, unsuccessful tenderers for the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies raised concerns about the procurement process.

In a letter they sent to the Auditor-General they said they wanted to “place on the record” that their objection is only based on concerns with the process, not that the contract was awarded to a firm with global links.

They said in this letter that the “industry is specialised and by nature global [and] as such firms compete for work around the world.”

These concerns were forwarded to an independent probity auditor and they have reported back to the Department.

This morning – in a transparent manner – I have tabled the auditor’s advice in Parliament and it is being provided to the Auditor-General.

The independent probity auditor has advised the tender was fair and in accordance with the Queensland Government procurement policy principles.

The tender was consistent with the State Procurement Plan 2014-2018.   

This plan guides tender processes and is about ensuring transparency and no political interference in government procurement processes.

It is also about getting the best value for money for Queenslanders, and based around sound principles to ensure projects are delivered at the highest standard possible.

These principles are designed to ensure government is kept at arm’s length from all tenders.

From the outset, I have been concerned at the way the process of notifying the bidders was handled.

For any company, participating in a tender process is a substantial commitment of time and resources.

It was not good enough that they were notified before Christmas of the result and then told to expect a debrief sometime in the New Year.

Everyone should have been debriefed when they were notified – not handed a letter and told to wait until after Christmas.

All of the bidders are well-respected experts in what is a highly-specialised field that operates in an international marketplace. 

They should have had this courtesy extended to them.

I believe this would have avoided any misunderstanding and any perception the process was flawed.

I have made my views clear to GOLDOC the communication with bidders was not good enough.

But I want to be clear – the four companies invited to tender are all Australian companies who have had extensive international experience and links.

No Queensland companies submitted a bid. 

As I’ve said, the unsuccessful tenderers wrote to the Auditor-General.

I, along with the government, respect the role and independence of the Auditor-General.

Whether the Auditor-General initiates his own investigation, is a matter for him.

As Minister, I would of course welcome an investigation and ensure there is full cooperation in any investigation but that is entirely a decision for the Auditor-General.

If anyone believes they have any evidence this tender was not compliant with the requirements they should refer their concerns to the Auditor-General.

Let me make it very clear – I will not meddle in tenders.

Just as I won’t meddle in the selection of Australia’s men and women’s relay team. 

But I will ensure the competition for procurement is fair and I will ensure our local businesses are Games-ready - just as our athletes will be.

In terms of the medal tally on procurement, Gold Coast and Queensland businesses are doing well:

*         Of the $269 million of construction contracts awarded to businesses in Queensland so far, $119 million have been awarded to Gold Coast firms and $143 million to South East Queensland businesses.

*         Of overall purchase order and contracts since 2012, 1,225 have gone to Gold Coast companies, 207 to Queensland companies and 93 to interstate companies.

*         64 of the 66 contracts awarded to date for the Parklands Project have been won by South East Queensland businesses. Of these, 31 contracts have been awarded to Gold Coast businesses, 33 to South East Queensland businesses and two contracts have gone to interstate companies.
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