Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the delivery of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes Village is running on track and on time, and should be complete six months before the event kicks off.
The announcement was made during a tour of the site on Monday morning.
The Premier said the Village at Parklands would help provide a lasting legacy, well beyond 2018.
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Ms Palaszczuk got to have a look at a prototype room, with more than 1,200 just like it still to be built.
The apartment has a green and gold theme and comes with its own hidden laundry, and some rooms will have views to the Broadwater.
The rooms will be rented out from 2019 and the Premier expects people will end up living and working at the site.
She said this Village is unlike anything seen in any other regional area in Australia. “What we’re going to see at the end of the day is a fantastic village for the athletes and the officials from all around the Commonwealth countries” she said.
The Premier added “its location is unique with Griffith University, two hospitals and a light rail station all close by”.
Ms Palaszczuk was also asked about issues surrounding congestion on the M1 with GOLDOC Chair Peter Beattie indicating that it was highly likely athletes competing in shooting and cycling in 2018 would have to stay close to their venues in Brisbane to avoid being late.
She responded with “as everyone knows, my Government is fighting for the residents of the Gold Coast and Brisbane commuters as well to get that M1 fixed up as soon as possible and unfortunately Malcolm Turnbull will not come to the party”.
“So my Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey, is keen to lead a delegation down to speak to the Prime Minister – I understand that delegation will now meet with one of Malcolm Turnbull’s Ministers but we need funding from the Commonwealth so works can commence” the Premier added.
When asked about whether or not it would be embarrassing to have some athletes staying in Brisbane during a major Gold Coast event, Ms Palaszczuk said “I think it’s embarrassing for Malcolm Turnbull”.