Gold Coast MP and Shadow Minister for the Commonwealth Games John-Paul Langbroek is urging the State Government to put their hand up and take the blame for problems surrounding the Commonwealth Games.
He wants GOLDOC, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones to not pass the blame on the latest issue surrounding tickets.
Yesterday thousands of tickets for events on the opening day of the Games were misprinted, with some tickets having Thursday, April 4 on them when April 4 is a Wednesday.
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“Kate Jones hasn’t bought into this at all, she’s tried to flick the responsibility onto someone else,” Mr Langbroek told MyGC.
“She needs to come out and explain to people when the opening ceremony is and if people’s tickets are still valid because as I understand it they’re not going to be reprinted.”
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters has confirmed that the misprinted tickets will still be valid.
“We talked to Ticketek and it’s an absolutely valid ticket with all of the security parts to it,” Mr Peters said.
“We are saying to people it’s your valuable ticket so use it. It’s on the 4th April which is the date on there.”
He also said they will be printing replica tickets with the correct details on it for people who may want one.
“Some people use tickets as a real souvenir of the Games. So we are going out and offering to those who received a ticket with the wrong day to print a replica ticket for them,” Mr Peters said.
“We’re going to offer to do that and send it to them after the opening ceremony because we don’t want them to have two tickets and get confused and that’s been accepted pretty well by people.”
He added he’s getting sick and tired of negative comments from Gold Coast locals.
“Everyone around the world is getting excited but we seem to have some negativity creeping out of the Gold Coast,” he said.
“This isn’t helping, everyone around the world is watching.
“We think people need to stump up and be proud of this city and do something positive.”