Major events such as the Commonwealth Games bring a myriad of opportunities for individuals, communities, and small businesses in host Cities across the globe.
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One only needs to look to the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, where the Commonwealth Games are still regarded as a ‘turning point’ in invigorating the City, to see that the two week event has the potential to leave a lasting legacy in terms of infrastructure, tourist numbers, and international reputation.
In fact, the Games are projected to benefit the Gold Coast by injecting $2 billion into our economy, delivering $200 million in new sporting and community infrastructure, creating 300 000 new full-time equivalent jobs, and sparking a tourism boost of more than $270 million to the Gold Coast and wider South East Queensland region.
Like many Gold Coast residents and business owners, I feel a sense of optimism and opportunity arising from these Games. This sense of confidence is certainly not translated across the State, where many areas are struggling with unemployment levels, a lack of infrastructure, and other factors that have crippled growth.
These areas have not seen fast-tracked infrastructure projects like the Gold Coast has, where the former LNP Government planned significant investments to improve the accessibility of our City for the Games. Other projects will celebrate our cultural diversity and will develop an international identity for the Gold Coast. These projects will bring many benefits to our community, from increasing the number of people who volunteer, to enhancing community pride on the Gold Coast.
All levels of Government can play a role in ensuring that these Games showcase a vibrant and friendly community – which are attributes that can only mean great things for Real Estate on the Gold Coast.
Local media has recently highlighted issues with law and order that the Gold Coast is currently facing. Touted as one of the safest Cities in the world, there are tangible concerns that the presence of bikies and drugs will negatively affect our international reputation. As a proud Gold Coast resident, I know that having a reputation for being a ‘safe’ City is an important attribute which ensures that the Gold Coast remains as Australia’s premier tourism destination, and a desired place to live or invest in property. That's why I have been calling on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to keep the LNP’s tough bikie laws to ensure that both locals and visitors are safe.
In the lead up to the Games, Gold Coast locals want to see more employment opportunities, better infrastructure, and a lasting legacy of a safe and vibrant city. As the Member for Surfers Paradise, I will continue to put this vision at the front and centre of the LNP’s policies and plans, so our area remains the best place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
by John-Paul Langbroek Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Update by John-Paul Langbroek MP
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