THE 2014-15 State Budget will deliver $250 million in funding for new sporting and tourism infrastructure across the state, including $160 million to continue with the delivery of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the 2014-15 State Budget allowed her department to maintain a strong focus on attracting major events.
“With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, we are on track to deliver a truly memorable sporting event with funding of more than $160 million for ongoing preparation, planning, and development of world class facilities,” Ms Stuckey said.
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“Projects for 2014-15 include almost $15 million for redevelopment of the Queensland State Veledrome for track cycling, $18.7 million for the new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre and $12.6 million for the new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre.”
More than $98 million was allocated to Tourism and Events Queensland and a further $7 million for Regional Tourism Organisations.
Queensland invested in 44 major events over the 2012-13 financial year, attracting almost 690,000 visitors and contributing around $290 million to the State’s economy.
Additional upcoming major events include the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 2015 Asian Cup, American Ballet Theatre in Brisbane in 2014 and the Lawn Bowls Australian Open from 2015-2019 on the Gold Coast.
A further $7.7 million will be allocated to support small business services.