Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Gold Coast CWG 2018 bid: "In it to win it"

Following Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and property developer Mark Stockwell's appointment to head the Gold Coast's bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Stockwell said he only agreed to be the official chairman of the bid committee after being assured that the government was "in it to win it".
Premier Anna Bligh announced Stockwell's appointment Wednesday, reports Gold Coast News.

He said "we will put together a very successful bid that gets delivered in November 2011, I have got no doubt about that, given the resources and everything behind it". Stockwell, a successful businessman, said about 25,000 jobs would be created between 2015 and 2020.

Stockwell added he was not fazed by the underdog status of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, saying the Gold Coast's weather, security and food safety would be a major selling point.

Stockwell said the $11 million bid will reflect the "razzle dazzle" of the Gold Coast, its relaxed and open atmosphere and "buzz". He said, "I think we have got to do it in a Gold Coast style. As Queenslanders we are very relaxed and we are very open--I think that is something that I want to see come through".

Should the Gold Coast host the 2018 Games, Gold Coast News reports they would be held between April and September taking into consideration the demands of the various football codes on the stadiums.

Meanwhile the Premier said she would not take one step back on her decision to bid despite criticism the money should be spent elsewhere.

She said, "there is always criticism when governments spend money on sporting infrastructure while we are doing it but afterwards everyone understands the benefits. These events bring people who eat at restaurants, who stay in hotel rooms and who bring jobs. This is an investment in jobs, in families and in the well being of the community".


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