Gold Coast small businesses told to get ready for Commonwealth Games

With state Cabinet meeting on the Gold Coast all week, the premier will brief local businesses this morning on opportunities which next year’s Commonwealth Games will bring.

But the message isn’t just for local businesses; it’s aimed at operators state wide.

With just nine months to go Annastacia Palaszczuk will push the message that the Games will be much more than just 11 days of world-class sport.


“GC2018 will be Australia’s biggest sporting event this decade and the largest the Gold Coast has ever seen, injecting billions of dollars into the economy of Queensland,” the premier said.

Ms Palaszczuk said now is the time for businesses, not only on the Gold Coast but across the state, to begin planning and laying the groundwork for the big event.

At the end of the financial year at least 90 per cent of construction contracts for the Games Village and other venues had been awarded to companies in south east Queensalnd.

A total of 86 per cent of of contracts awarded by GOLDOC have been to businesses with a presence on the Gold Coast or in Queensland.

Small businesses can access the new “Be Games Ready” guide on the Business Queensland website.

It provides information and advice on everything from stock management, cash flow and staffing, to licensing and regulations.

“It also offers important information on how to improve marketing and social media presence to drive sales,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games take place from 4-15 April, 2018.

To find out more about the “Be Games Ready Guide” visit