Free food trucks for Games volunteers as locals gather to say thanks

THOUSANDS of volunteers responsible for the day-to-day running of the Commonwealth Games will be thanked for their hard work at a community party on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Fifteen thousand ‘Games Shapers’ dedicated countless hours of their time to ensure the Games were a success.

Their outstanding efforts will be recognised with a celebration at southern end of the Broadwater Parklands in Southport on Saturday.


Food trucks will be free to Games Shapers, who are encouraged to wear their uniforms one last time.

Gates open from 3pm with entertainment from local and international artists kicking off at 3.30pm.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will be there alongside Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Games Minister Kate Jones, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie and Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“We sent the call out for volunteers in February 2017,” the Premier said.

“An incredible 47,000 applied for the 15,000 positions needed and everyone I met commented how friendly and helpful they were.”

Minister Jones also thanked the volunteers for their enthusiasm and dedication.

“Our Games Shapers were the back-bone of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” she said.

“This is our chance for everyone to say thanks.”