Apr 3, 2018

Gold Coast the Winner at Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast will reap the benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games even after it wraps up, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to attend.

Across the entire state of Queensland, over 1.1 million visitors are expected to arrive and spend more than $870 million over coming weeks.

Importantly, the regions will also benefit from an influx of athletes and tourists as Townsville and Cairns are set to host events including preliminary games for the Basketball.

The Commonwealth Games is the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade and will support more than 30,000 jobs.

As both international and domestic visitor numbers continue to rise in Queensland, the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity to showcase the beauty of the Gold Coast.

Improved roads and public transport will enhance the visitor experience and make it easier for people to get around.

I’m proud that as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in the former Federal Labor Government we provided the first ever investment in light rail, contributing $365 million to the Gold Coast Light Rail.

We also invested in the Pacific Motorway and the Bruce Highway, both of which will see increased patronage as a consequence of the Commonwealth Games.

What’s more, our investment in the Gold Coast Stadium at Carrara was the single largest allocation from the Community Infrastructure Program and is where the Commonwealth Games will begin and end.

The Gold Coast is an iconic tourism destination in Australia and well deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity to host the Commonwealth Games.