A new tool was launched on Wednesday to help us stay up to date with developments in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The interactive progress tracker will provide ongoing updates before we play host in 2018.
Called “Ahead of the Games” it will let us know about Games programs, progress and budget.
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Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said “Ahead of the Games is an interactive, up to date, single source of information on GC2018 programs, progress and budget”.
“This is not just a one off – rather it will be a comprehensive progress report, updated regularly in the lead up towards the event.
“People from Queensland and across the globe will now be able to gain a unique insight into how the GC2018 vision is becoming a reality.”
“The dynamic report also includes inspiring interviews with some of our greatest athletes who all have ambitions to compete in a Commonwealth Games on home soil.
Minister Stuckey said the report comes as preparations are powering ahead and remaining on time and on budget.
“Ahead of the Games reinforces the Newman Government is on track to deliver all venues at least 12 months ahead of the opening ceremony,” said Ms Stuckey.
“The LNP promised to deliver better infrastructure and planning, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with preparations for this major event.”
“A Forward Procurement Plan has been released outlining opportunities for infrastructure work and goods and service requirements from now, until the event.
‘We have recently announced venue construction at Carrara and Coomera will soon begin, creating 500 new jobs alone.”
The report has been welcomed GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters.
“GC2018 will have long lasting economic and social benefits for the entire state.
“Ahead of the Games is another inspiring initiative to keep the broader communities informed as we continue to work on delivering a great Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.”
In an interview for Ahead of the Games, Glasgow 2014 Marathon gold medallist, Michael Shelley, has revealed his personal preparations for Gold Coast 2018 have begun.
“One of my favourite sessions is my Southport long run, where I run from the Southport Seaway to Burleigh Heads. With an ever changing coast-line what more could you ask for,” said Mr. Shelley
“With the facilities that are going to be built, for young up-and-coming sportspeople to train, it’s going to be awesome and hopefully it motivates the next generation to come through.”
Check out Ahead of the Games here.