Gold Coast on track for Commonwealth Games 2018

Gold Coast on track for Commonwealth Games 2018

By Jacqueline Latimer on May 04 2017


Up to 25,000 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) volunteers will be inspired to deliver great service to hundreds of thousands of visitors next year, following the Volunteer Selection Centre’s recent opening at Burleigh.
 
As part of the process, Gold Coast Tourism will be showcasing its ‘Be My Guest’ program to all applicants, helping them become the perfect host for the Games.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said an overwhelming 47,000 volunteer submissions were received with the venue hosting applicant interviews over the next four months.

“The opening of the Volunteer Selection Centre is a significant milestone as we inch ever closer to the 4 – 15 April Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Ms Jones said.

“Our volunteers will be a key part of the GC2018 family and will play an integral role in the Games in just under a year from now."

Ticket registrations also opened last month with many potential event-goers signing up to secure their seats ahead of the May 22 request cut-off date.

Both Ms Jones and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk encouraged Queensland families to make their ticket requests early.

Ms Palaszczuk said spectators could choose from 278 competition sessions as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

“We are really proud ticket prices are inclusive, accessible and affordable with more than 55% of all tickets priced $40 or below,” she said.

Transport has also been high on the agenda following concerns raised by Gold Coast residents about the ability to move in and around the city during the Games period.

However, Ms Jones said this won't be an issue with the Commonwealth Games Federation actively working with Games partners to develop an appropriate transport strategy.

“First and foremost, we want people coming to the Games to use public transport,” she said.

“Every ticket will include free public transport and we will significantly increase the public transport offering at Games time.

“13 park ‘n rides, event shuttle busses, and more trains will get people off the M1 and to the Games on time, Ms Jones said.

“We will also follow the advice of transport experts and introduce a number of temporary measures to help keep traffic flowing on the M1."

Gold Coast Tourism recently released a visitor accommodation guide designed to assist with the additional room demand expected during the Games period. This can be accessed at: https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/commonwealth-games/accommodation

To register your interest in Games tickets head to https://gc2018.com/tickets
 

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