THE Gold Coast is in the process of beautifying its image in preparation to host the biggest even in the city’s history.
Students from Broadbeach State School today helped plant the first of thousands of new trees for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said a special Commonwealth Games tree planting program would ensure the city looked its best to host the event.
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“77 large grade trees will be planted in Pratten Park at Broadbeach and are the first specially for GC2018 – so today is an important milestone as we prepare for the biggest event in our city’s history,” said Cr Tate.
“Tree planting is part of the City’s $10 million GC2018 Public Domain Improvement Program, which will focus on transport corridors, competition venues, entertainment precincts and key visitor destinations across the Gold Coast.
“The international spotlight will be on us in 2018 and we want the world to see our green as well as our gold.”
Former Premier of Queensland and Chairman of the Gold Coast Legacy Advisory Committee Rob Borbidge said the tree planting program was the first non-infrastructure legacy project to be rolled out on the Gold Coast.
“Legacy is not just about building new roads or sporting facilities, it’s about securing a wide range of positive benefits for the Gold Coast before and after the Commonwealth Games,” said Mr Borbidge.
“Other host cities have transformed their domestic and international appeal as a result of public domain upgrades. A good example is Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, which was upgraded for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
“Trees not only enhance visitor perceptions, they also contribute to a city’s livability and the well-being of its citizens.”
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey welcomed the tree planting program, saying a greener Gold Coast would enhance the overall experience.
“Many of the Commonwealth’s top-tier athletes make their decision to compete at a Commonwealth Games based on the appeal of the host city and we want to ensure the world’s best are here in 2018,” said Minister Stuckey.
“I welcome the City of Gold Coast’s tree planting program, which is a demonstration of the collaboration between the Council and the Newman Government to deliver a great Commonwealth Games on track, on time and on budget.”