Queensland celebrates after the Gold Coast is announced as the host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Queensland celebrates after the Gold Coast is announced as the host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast wins Games bid

GOLD Coast's successful bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has sparked euphoria and excitement on both sides of the border.

People in Tweed joined their Gold Coast counterparts to wait nervously for the convincing 43 to 27 decision on Saturday.

Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers said he had troubles settling his nerves before watching the live announcement.

"It's a great result for the Gold Coast and with all the visitors there will be some spill-over to the Tweed," Mr Villiers said.

"It's good for all around."

He said the Tweed region may be able to secure contracts for athletes to train at in the lead-up to the games.

"We are very strong in the hockey and the great cycling results and obviously the river and triathlons in the Tweed."

Connecting Southern Gold Coast general manager Jim Wilson said the news was welcome but not unexpected.

"It's fantastic news for the coast and for Queensland," Mr Wilson said.

"I've been keeping pretty close contact (with the bid team) and I had absolute confidence in what our team was doing."

He said he hoped a submission for the triathlon in Coolangatta would eventually be accepted.

"At an appropriate time in a polite and considerate way we'll be going back to the submission we made eight months ago.

"I'm really glad that we made that submission."

Tweed Seagulls Little Athletics committee member Rick van den Driest said the announcement was met with euphoria by the young athletes.

"We celebrated at the Tweed Seagulls little athletics and we put it over the loudspeaker," Mr van den Driest said.

"It'll put it on their doorstep and make it more real for them for a source of motivation to go on and have a go at little athletics.

"Who knows, we might be able to get some of the athletes to train here at our fields."

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said she and the bid team were extremely relieved after a week of intense lobbying.

"We've done a lot of hard work and it was very clear early in the week there was a lot of delegates who supported Hambantota and it would be a very, very close vote," Ms Bligh said.

"The hard work has paid off."



  • A total economic windfall of $2 billion.
  • Over $500 million to be invested in sport and transport infrastructure.
  • The creation of 30,000 full-time jobs between 2015 and 2020.
  • 60,000 interstate and 60,000 international visitors and 10,000 officials and athletes to attend the Games.
  • Increasing the capacity of Metricon stadium from 25,000 to 40,000 seats.
  • New badminton courts.
  • New mountain bike facilities at Hinze Dam.
  • Upgrades to the Broadbeach Bowls Club and Gold Coast Hockey Centre.
  • A $40 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
  • Fast-tracking of the city's light rail system.


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