GC2018 was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to embrace the excitement, enthusiasm and community interest in world-class sporting competition. Importantly, it also left a lasting legacy which will benefit our community for years to come.
The Commonwealth Games Federation aims to “…..attract and build on public, private, and social partnerships that widely benefit Commonwealth athletes, sports and communities.”
In delivering on this promise, the GC2018 Partners [Australian Government, Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)] worked together to ensure the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia experienced an economic and social uplift through:
Overall, GC2018 united our community, created jobs and kick-started infrastructure projects that delivered a world-class event.
The City’s reputation not only benefited from the global audience of 1.5 billion people, but the Games also brought a renewed focus on the City’s strong credentials in all things sport and an acknowledgement of the growing arts and cultural capabilities of our city.
More than $200 million was invested in new and upgraded sports venues across the city and millions of dollars on various upgrades to our public areas including:
Other benefits to the City included the expedited completion of major transport projects including the duplication of parts of the heavy rail line, the Light Rail project stage 2 and substantial upgrades to Bundall Road such as widening to six lanes and intersection upgrades.
There are many benefits still to be realised including further development of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, new private sector investment opportunities and new community parklands. Another legacy of GC2018 is the City’s strong and sustainable commitment to the local arts sector, stimulating an increased appetite for high quality, diverse, creative experiences that are either free or affordable. This has been realised in the development of the city’s arts and cultural precinct known as HOTA, Home of the Arts, which includes a $37.5million outdoor stage and concert lawn completed in December 2017. The next stage of the precinct incorporates a green bridge to Chevron Island earmarked for 2019 and the construction of the HOTA Gallery - set to be the largest regional gallery in Australia - opening in 2021.
The City continues to reap the benefits from the Games and will continue to for many years to come.
The City and the Queensland Government have produced several reports to further articulate the legacy of GC2018. These can be viewed on the Embracing 2018 website, or download the Embracing our GC2018 Benefits book.