Peter Beattie named as Commonwealth Games chief
FORMER Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie now heads the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board as chairman.
Mr Beattie, who served as Premier from 1998 to 2007, was joined on the GOLDOC Board in mid-May by former editor-in-chief of Gold Coast Publications, Bob Gordon.
The former premier also served as Queensland’s Trade Commissioner to North and South America based in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2010.His latest appointment to another plum job has raised accusations of the Labor Party handing out “jobs for the boys”.
“Whether you love me, or hate me, I absolutely love this state...and I look forward to delivering the best Games ever,” Mr Beattie told reporters on the Gold Coast after the announcement was made.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said both appointments would ensure the 2018 Commonwealth Games would maximise value for the Gold Coast and Queensland.
To be held from April 4-15, 2018, the Games will attract 6600 athletes.