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Embracing 2018

The City of Gold Coast is proud to be the host city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

GC2018 benefits

Enbracing 2018

Hosting the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and will deliver:

  • a $2 billion economic injection
  • $200 million in new sporting and community infrastructure
  • supporting up to 30,000 jobs
  • global exposure to a television audience of one billion+
  • major tourism boost with 100,000+ visitors during GC2018 and $270 million+ to state/local economy (based on figures from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games).
  • attraction of other major sporting events
  • national and international sports training camps
  • public domain improvements, upgrades to Southport and Broadbeach Malls, tree planting, street-scaping, road and footpath upgrades, community health and safety initiatives
  • volunteering opportunities.

However, the Commonwealth Games is more than a spectacular sporting event. It is an opportunity to secure positive and lasting benefits. These benefits can be realised before, during and after the event, so planning and implementation of a range of initiatives is already underway. It's up to all of us to maximise this opportunity.

On our journey towards 2018, there will be opportunities for Gold Coasters to become involved in the Commonwealth Games through a range of projects. While some people will volunteer their time and effort to help stage the event, others will be motivated to take up a sport themselves or get involved in organising sports for their community.

In 2013, City of Gold Coast - with the Queensland Government - asked the community what lasting benefits they wanted from GC2018. The feedback received from community groups, sporting organisations, businesses, the tourism industry, and the general public contributed to the development of the GC2018 legacy strategy. Embracing our Games legacy: Queensland's legacy for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ was officially launched on 29 January 2014.

The strategy is underpinned by three main themes the community told us were most important:

Our economy - leveraging opportunities to strengthen Queensland's economy and grow business and employment.
Our lifestyle - leading our community to a more healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle.
Our community - maximising opportunities GC2018 presents to celebrate our diversity and promote community cohesion and pride.

Find out more at the Embracing 2018 website.

In the lead up to GC2018, the City is implementing a range of locally-based projects and initiatives designed to leverage benefits from the Commonwealth Games. This includes working in partnership with Gold Coast Tourism and the Queensland Government on the Gold Coast’s first quality service training initiative aimed at creating a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors to our city before, during and after the Games. Read more about the launch of the Embracing 2018 Gold Coast Quality Service training program in our media release

Find out how you can embrace the opportunities presented by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ by emailing

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