THE Commonwealth Games Federation Coordination Commission has handed down its final review into planning for next year’s games’ on the Gold Coast, with just 117 days to go until the opening ceremony.
The final four-day review into the Games, which kicks off in April, was held at GOLDOC headquarters in Ashmore.
The Coordination Commission (CoCom), held bi-annually since 2014, ensures compliance with the commitments and undertakings the Games Partners made when they bid for the Games, as featured in the Host City Contract.
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The final CoCom focused on the progress made to-date, and the organising committee’s final planning and preparations as it gets set to stage the Games.
The Commission also dedicated attention to key areas including security, readiness and testing, legacy, the commercial programme and transport.
CoCom Chair, Bruce Robertson AC complimented GOLDOC and its Games delivery partners on the implementation of ‘a global first’ in the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), progress with ticket sales and the volunteer program.
GOLDOC was also praised for its commitment to gender equality with equal medals for men and women at GC2018.
“The Gold Coast 2018 delivery partners have this week proven what an excellent host city it will be when the Games begin in just four months’ time,” Mr Robertson said.
“With strong support from the Queensland State Government, City of Gold Coast and Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA), the Gold Coast 2018 Organising Committee (GOLDOC) has made considerable progress since the last CoCom was staged in June, particularly with impressive high ticket sales, a dynamic volunteer programme and through GOLDOC’s strong stance in embracing the CGF’s Gender Equality strategy.
“The CGF would like to commend the excellent work of GOLDOC and its partners in implementing the Reconciliation Action Plan.
“As a global first, the Plan is a central feature of the Gold Coast Games, and we have been delighted to see real and tangible benefits.
“I am pleased to see many of the recommendations of the last CoCom have been successfully implemented.
“Naturally, as we approach the Games, the focus has turned increasingly to security and risk mitigation, and so I was pleased to be assured this week of the robust process in place to ensure that Gold Coast 2018 will offer the most enjoyable experience for athletes, spectators and residents alike.”
Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Peter Beattie AC said he was grateful for the guidance provided by CoCom during his time as GOLDOC Chair.
“We have had an extremely successful year fulfilling many obligations as a host city for the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Beattie said.
“Amongst a number of achievements, we have delivered an outstanding volunteer recruitment program, an ongoing but very successful Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) and a ticketing program where we have sold almost one million tickets.
“We are very confident that together with our Games Delivery partners, in every aspect of our planning and readiness testing, we are going to deliver a great Games with confirmation from the CGF that we are on time and on budget.
“Ably led by the CEO Mark Peters, GOLDOC has been true to its vision and mission in all the years of preparing for this event, to stage a great Games in a great city with a focus on the athletes and excellent competition and importantly a commitment to great memories and long-lasting legacies.”
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters has led the Games since the bid in 2011 and said he was pleased that CoCom was satisfied with the progress towards a rapidly approaching GC2018.
“The past year has seen the launch of the number of key milestones including the launch of the QBR, the Transport Operations Plan (TOP), the final announcements of GC2018 Ambassadors, casting for ceremonies and the uniform unveil, however there is significant work continuing behind the scenes,” Mr Peters said.
“We have delivered a procurement program where 84% of contracts have been awarded to Gold Coast and Queensland businesses, the overlay at venues including the Games Village has commenced and is well on track and our financial management means we are well and truly on budget.
“I am proud of the work GOLDOC and our talented team of more than 1,000 staff have delivered this year and commend our Games delivery partners on their continued support and contribution.
“With just 117 days to go I am confident as we head into 2018 that we are in a very positive position in terms of readiness for the Games.”
President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Louise Martin CBE thanked GOLDOC, the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and CGA for their leadership and commitment to delivering a truly unique and memorable Commonwealth Games.
“It is clear that the Gold Coast is right where it should be as we enter the final stages with little more than 100 days to go,” Ms Martin said. “The scene is set for a truly remarkable sporting spectacle in April.”
The CoCom also learned of the progress of the Queen’s Baton Relay which has made its way across the Commonwealth over the past 9 months.
The Baton will arrive on Australian shores on Christmas Eve, marking just 100-days-to-go until the Games.