WITH there being just six weeks to go until the Gold Coast hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games, every business in the city is being urged to make sure they have their Games time travel plan ready to go.
More than 500 business guests gathered at a breakfast on the Coast on Wednesday morning to hear the latest from the Get Set for the Games team on the Commonwealth Games transport plans.
Mayor Tom Tate said all businesses can benefit from the Games, but needed to make sure they have a plan.
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With less than two months to go, the mayor has urged businesses to take advantage of the GC2018 Get Set for the Games program registering to get specific business support.
He is also encouraging businesses to attend a Travel Advice for Business workshops which are running in various locations all across the city.
“If we’re going to shine on the world stage, keep the city moving, help reduce congestion and play our part in delivering a great event, then businesses need to be leading the charge,” Cr Tate said.
“It’s no secret our transport network will be under enormous pressure during the Games so by reducing non-essential travel during our busiest times, we can help ensure the Games are a success,” he said.
“We know how proud Gold Coasters are – I know they will pull together to make this the best Games ever.
“Already over 5,000 businesses have registered for the Get Set for the Games Travel Advice for Business program with almost 2,000 businesses participating in our workshops but for those who haven’t – the time is now.
“They can fast track their preparation by attending one of the workshops in the next few weeks, where an officer can provide advice specific to their business needs.”
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the state government had delivered almost $1 billion dollars in Gold Coast road and transport infrastructure to boost capacity, efficiency and frequency.
“The recently released Games transport plan will provide 24 hour heavy and light rail services, 4000 additional daily services on existing bus routes and special shuttle buses to move games event attendees to venues – but everyone has a role to play if we are going to keep the Gold Coast moving during the Games,” Mr Bailey said.
“Local businesses and residents can visit the Get Set for the Games website and event ticketholders will be able to access the Games Journey Planner from tomorrow online and in the GC2018 app, so they can plan their travel well in advance of the Games.
“We’re urging Gold Coast business operators to think about their Games-time transport and delivery arrangements, and to take advantage of the information and tailored support the Get Set for the Games – Travel Advice for Business program can provide.
“The Games last only a short time but the long term benefits that this once in a lifetime event will bring are enormous, and businesses are bound to share a piece of the success.”
The Get Set for the Games – Travel Advice for Business Program offers businesses free, practical support and information to help them plan ahead with all the facts to minimise the impact of the Games, while also allowing them to make the most of the opportunities from hosting the event.
The program asks businesses to abide by the “four R’s”:
- Reduce non-essential travel during the Games period
- Re-time – support flexible working hours to allow travel outside of peak hours
- Re-mode – encourage staff to cycle, walk or catch public transport
- Re-route your journey (using our interactive maps) and review delivery and freight needs.
Visit www.getsetforthegames.com/business for more information or to book a workshop closest to your business.