This year, in 2018, the Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be hosted in Gold Coast, Queensland from April 4 to 15. Australia’s Sunshine State is undergoing a major recreational and transportation makeover to welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from the 70 Commonwealth nations and territories.
The Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games is committed to planning, organising and delivering a great Games in 2018; leaving long-lasting economic and community benefits for Queensland. Find out more about the 3 major construction projects for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
From a modernised arts and culture hub to more efficient transport links, it has never been a better time to visit the Gold Coast, during and after the Games! Read on.
Pre-Games: Commonwealth Games Village
The build of the Commonwealth Games Village was completed back at the end of last year, in October 2017. 7 hectares of the 29-hectare Parklands site has been transformed and redeveloped to become the Commonwealth Games Village, one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast.
This village is made up of 1170 apartments and 82 townhouses that will provide accommodation and services to the athletes and team officials during GC2018, green spaces, a community park and extensive landscaped areas.
Post-Games, the Commonwealth Games Village will be used a modern community, which comprises of one and two bedroom apartments, three bedroom townhouses and a new business hub for health and knowledge, commercial and retail use.
$420 million was spent on the extension of the Gold Coast light rail system – G:Link – from Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale.
The improved railway system will allow visitors arriving from Brisbane airport to take a train to Helensvale station and transfer to the G:link to get to popular beaches such as Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach in Gold Coast.
During the 11 days of the GC2018, the G:link will also provide direct access to arts and culture activities at Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. Trams will be running to a 24-hour timetable between Helensvale and Broadbeach South stations.
The widening of the Pacific Motorway from four to six lanes will begin after the Commonwealth Games and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020. The M1 will be widened between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.
This project will unlock greater economic growth, increase job opportunities and better serve the Queensland communities in the future. According to Mark Bailey, the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the project will support an average of over 300 jobs; boosting the Gold Coast local economy.
“The project would substantially reduce congestion, improve freight efficiency and provide better access to the Coast.” – Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Pail Fletcher
With these major construction projects under its way, the future of Queensland is set to flourish even further. Selecting the right earthmoving attachment in construction and development projects will impact your project budget, efficiency and environmental blueprint.