Gold Coast’s infrastructure plans for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Queensland's Gold Coast has been chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games – a sporting event promising to deliver myriad benefits to the city both during and after it's taken place.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, announced that up to 30,000 jobs would be created on the Gold Coast as a result of this iconic event.

In addition to this, around $2 billion will be injected into Queensland's economy.

To make sure every opportunity presented by the 2018 Commonwealth Games is identified and acted on, the government has launched a long-term strategy titled "Embracing our Games Legacy".

Ms Stuckey revealed the strategy focuses on three main areas: "our economy, our lifestyle and our community".

She explained that when Brisbane played host to the Commonwealth Games back in 1982, it spurred the construction of cultural facilities and "sparked the rapid development of public infrastructure" in the city.

It's hoped the 2018 Commonwealth Games will do just as much for the Queensland's Gold Coast.

The strategy claims that venues constructed to host events throughout the Commonwealth Games will mean the city has "world-class infrastructure for future international events".

Ms Stuckey added that the Commonwealth Games Village being erected "will become the heart of the Gold Coast health and knowledge precinct" once the sporting event is over.

Other key infrastructure projects that have been spurred on by the Commonwealth Games, but will serve the city for many years to come, include:

– The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre upgrade, which commenced in March 2013 and has created 350 jobs.
– The Broadwater Parklands Stage 3 project, which is costing $10.5 million to complete and will see a "new recreational open space" created.