VENUES for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) are set to be delivered well ahead of schedule, with the Commonwealth Games Federation approving a revised venue master plan and sporting program for the event.
The Queensland Government say they are on track to delivering three new sporting venues and major upgrades to eight others.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Nigel Chamier OAM and Minister for the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey made the announcement on the coast this morning.
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The approved master plan includes design enhancements to the new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre, increasing its size from 6,000m2 to 10,000m2.
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 will also be upgraded to replace a temporary venue to host the weightlifting competition.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney the $320 million investment in sport and community infrastructure would generate up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into the economy.
“The concept drawings released for the new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre and the new Queensland State Velodrome demonstrates the great work happening behind the scenes to deliver exciting world-class sport and community infrastructure for South East Queensland,” Mr Seeney said.
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.”
The first of the Commonwealth Games venues – the $41 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport – 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,” Ms Stuckey said.
The sports to be contested in 2018 include Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming, Diving), Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Squash, Rugby 7’s, Weightlifting, Basketball, Shooting, Table Tennis, Cycling (Road, Track, Mountain Bike), Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic), Triathlon and Wrestling.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be staged from 4 – 15 April 2018.