Gold Coast benefits from Games 2018
EIGHT hundred paid workers are being recruited, and tickets are being allocated for the biggest sporting event in a decade to be staged in Australia.
The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is expected to bring numerous direct and indirect benefits to the coastal strip and further afield.
Games CEO Mark Peters says GC2018 will generate well in excess of $2 billion to the region.
"The economic and social benefits go beyond this when you consider indirect spending such as the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension ($420 million), road upgrades ($160.7 million), infrastructure development and other diversifiers for the economy such as the Health and Knowledge precinct and Carrara development," he said.
"GC2018-inspired projects in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and indigenous engagement also enhanced the City of Gold Coast's reputation as a modern city of the future.
"Then there's the tourism benefits where the Games will inspire interstate and international holidaymakers to visit Queensland during or after the Games and explore all the state has to offer."
Mark gave an update on GC2018 to more than 100 delegates as keynote speaker at the U3A Network Queensland State Conference at Tweed Heads in May.
"It's going to be a fun time, that's why it's call the 'friendly' Games," he told his audience.
"It's likely that (Prince) Charles and Camilla will be here and some of the young royals."
More than 1000 employees will be on the Games team by the April 4, 2018, opening ceremony.
The Games village will house 6600 athletes and officials during the 11-day event.
Mark said one of the aims of GC2018 was to diversify the Gold Coast economy.
Preparations for GC2018 were well on track.
"We've launched all of our major programs, including Queen's Baton Relay, merchandise and tickets and have commenced interviews for the 15,000 volunteers required at Games-time," the CEO said.
"The enthusiasm of volunteers is infectious. They'll play a key role in shaping the Games experience for athletes, spectators and visitors and promote the Sunshine State to the world."
Mark said ticket prices were as affordable as possible with adult tickets starting from as low as $20 and half price children's tickets from $10.
"We consulted with COTA (Council on the Ageing) prior to the announcement of ticket pricing in November last year and received their support, particularly with the inclusion of free public transport with GC2018 tickets," he said.