The organisation bringing us the 2018 Commonwealth Games has blasted media reports claiming Gold Coast Councillors are getting preferential treatment.
A newspaper article accuses City of Gold Coast CEO Dale Dickson, who is also a GOLDOC board member, of snare 800 high profile tickets to next year’s event.
It goes on to claim the Council boss of getting the tickets for “free”, “at the ratepayers’ expense”, and that some councillors felt “uncomfortable with the arrangement”.
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Mr Dickson has since responded to the report, explaining “council was invited to purchase tickets”.
“The tickets are for councillors as well as trade, business and advocacy purposes,” the statement released on behalf of Mr Dickson says.
“Some purchased tickets will be given to residents who may be adversely impacted by the staging of certain Games events.
“Councillors have until 1 December to advise if they require these tickets. Any tickets not taken up will be returned to GOLDOC after that date.”
GOLDOC also issued a statement, insisting “there are no free tickets for anyone”.
“As is customary in major international events, commercial partners and Games delivery partners have the opportunity to purchase tickets from a separate allocation in accordance with commercial agreements, but they pay for their tickets like everybody else,” the statement reads.
“We provided as many tickets as possible for the general public to purchase, which is over one million.”