QUEENSLAND is on track to deliver the 2018 Commonwealth Games on time and within budget, with all competition venues now completed and the $550 million Athletes Village to be completed later this year.
The Games will be the largest sporting event held in Australia in more than a decade.
Following a tour of Commonwealth Games venues with the Tourism and Commonwealth Games Cabinet Committee today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said milestones were being met with just 244 days until the opening ceremony.
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“We know the Commonwealth Games will be a game changer for the Gold Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The Games will inject billions into our State’s economy, support thousands of jobs and deliver benefits now and into the future.
“Thousands of hours of planning and hard work have already gone into ensuring we deliver an affordable, accessible and world-class Games, and we are on track to deliver just that.
“In June, the Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed our preparations were on time and on budget and we’re full steam ahead towards delivery.
“The Games themselves will deliver a big boost to the State’s economy, and in showcasing the very best the Gold Coast and Queensland has to offer, we can achieve a lasting legacy of trade, investment and business opportunities for Queensland.”
Queensland Police Service is working with other state and federal authorities to build a security force of more than 10,000 security guards, police officers, and soldiers.
The Transport Operations Plan has also been finalised, with timetables to be released in the months leading up to the Games.
Commonwealth Games and Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Games would provide a significant opportunity to strengthen Queensland as Australia’s premier tourism destination.
“With around 1.5 million spectators expected to attend the Games, we want to make sure all athletes, coaching staff, spectators and tourists have a great time and promote the Queensland as a great holiday destination,” Ms Jones said.
Ms Jones said communities outside the Gold Coast could also experience the Games.
“There will also be opportunities across the state for Queenslanders to become involved with Festival 2018 events in the event cities of Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns,” she said.