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#181 Sir Rols

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:28 PM

First victim of the change of govt in Qld:

Gold Coast 2018 chairman sacked in row over Athletes' Village

May 6 - Mark Stockwell has been sacked as the chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Organising Committee despite being the driving force behind the city's successful bid for the Commonwealth Games.

The new Liberal National Party (LNP) State Government, who won the election six weeks ago, confirmed the new Board would not include Stockwell, a former swimmer who won three medals at the 1984 Los Angeles, two silver and a bronze.

The 48-year-old Stockwell is now a successful property developer but he has reportedly clashed with the new Government over where to build the Athletes' Village for the Games.

He wanted to locate it Parklands, an area of the city that includes pavilions, showgrounds and function areas.

But there was opposition to the plan from the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club, the Gold Coast Show Society and Big Day Out organisers, who wanted the Village relocated.

New Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey now appears to have backed their concerns.

Announcing that Stockwell will be replaced she said it was time to "transition to a Board that has the confidence of the Government, the [Australia] Commonwealth Games Association, and the public".

Stuckey added: "To ensure that these Games are delivered on time, and importantly on budget, the LNP Newman Government needs to put in place a Board that will quickly get on with the major infrastructure planning and delivery of this billion-dollar event.

"What is needed now for the Gold Coast Games are well-credentialed people who have qualifications in law, finance, development, and the commercial sector along with prominent sporting people who can make a significant contribution in the building and operations of the Games.

"The composition of Commonwealth Games Board is crucial and the Government is working hard to strike the right balance."

more: insidethegames

Well, at least this is early in the piece. Might have been a bit awkward to be shuffling deckchairs closer to the event.



#182 Sir Rols

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

Gold Coast to host swimming's Pan Pacs
Gold Coast will play host to swimming powerhouse the United States after the city was selected to host the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
Swimming Australia and the Queensland Government announced on Friday the event would return to Australia for the first time since it was held in Sydney in 1999.
The Pan Pacs, held every four years, bring together the best swimmers from Australia, the US, Canada, Japan, Brazil and New Zealand and will form a key part of the Dolphins' build-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
It will also act as a test event for Gold Coast's hosting of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
SA president David Urquhart said the decision to hold the event in Queensland was a fantastic reward for a strong swimming state.
"We are extremely grateful for the support of the Queensland Government in securing this event and we know Queensland will be a great place for these top nations to compete and visit," Urquhart said.
"Brisbane hosted a successful Pan Pacs at Chandler in 1987, and Sydney used the meet as an Olympic test event in 1999.
"This will be the third time Australia has hosted the event and where better for our athletes to compete than in their home state for many of them."
More than 60 per cent of Australia's swim team for the London Olympics, is based in Queensland.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:10 PM

Parklands home of Comm Games village

THE Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village will be built at Parklands.

The Games Corporation Board has unanimously recommended the controversial Parklands site as the best option.

Games Minister Jann Stuckey this morning told State Parliament the Board had evaluated a number of reports and submissions about the location of the Village and made its decision based on specific criteria such as the security, housing, feeding and transportation required.

She said she was satisfied the Board had made the right decision.

"There is little doubt that the Parklands venue, which is home to the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, was head and shoulders over other identified sites," Mrs Stuckey said.

"This decision now puts to rest the rumour and speculation about the location of the Village and where 6,500 athletes and officials will be housed.

"It also allows the board to get on with the job of delivering the best Commonwealth Games for Queensland and the world, on time and on budget."

There had been mounting pressure for the village to be moved to Southport's CBD.
The $700 million village will be built at Parklands, next to Griffith University and the adjacent $1.7 billion Gold Coast University Hospital, due to open late this year.
The village, which will cater for 6500 athletes and officials, will be sold off after the Games for affordable accommodation for students and others.
The site was the preferred option in Queensland's official Games bid.

More at Gold Coast Bulletin

Edited by Sir Rols, 28 May 2012 - 09:11 PM.



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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:15 PM

Did it move from the bid book location?


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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:18 PM

Did it move from the bid book location?

No, I think that's what's proposed (I'm not a bid book reader at the best of times). More that since the election, the NIMBY's have been coming out in force and tried to get it moved.



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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:45 PM

President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Prince Tunku Imran says federation willing to negotiate cut-price Games on Gold Coast in 2018

THE 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will be a 'Toyota Games' rather than a 'Rolls Royce Games'.
So says the president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, who is visiting the Gold Coast.
Prince Tunku Imran says the federation is willing to negotiate a cut-price Games to help save taxpayers money.
The Games have been forecast to cost almost $2 billion and the 'belt-tightening' Newman Government is eager to reduce the burden.
Prince Imran said the CGF was prepared to discuss budget cuts.
"Everything is negotiable," the Malaysian royal said today.
"We know exactly the pressures on governments, on city councils and on organizing committees.
"We will always be receptive, in most cases, to look at solutions that are less costly.
"We're not looking at a Rolls-Royce type of Games if a Toyota (type) will do."
Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said she was pleased to hear the prince's comments.
She said the Newman Governnent had signalled it was a 'belt-tightening' administration and would not rule out accommodating the 6500 Games athletes in dongas.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:33 AM

Further to the previous post, some worrying comments from the Qld games minister:

Ms Stuckey said it was important to be realistic about demand for tickets at events such as weight lifting.

"I believe a lot of costs will be able to be trimmed back by sitting down with the federation and being able to look at events specifically and venues to assess the genuine capacity need," she said.

She also refused to rule out putting the 6500 athletes up in transportable dongas.

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I hadn't heard the term "Donga" before, but looked it up - apparently it's an Aussie term for a transportable prefab building (learn something new every day). But I hope she was kidding - that would be sooooooo embarassing!!!!!



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Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:23 AM

:D :lol: "Donga" has a totally different meaning in NZ!

But anyway the last time 're-locatable' housing was used in the CWGs was 1990. But the village was tastfully done as a neighbourhood.

If done right there should be no real problem with 'Pre-Fabs' unless a traditional Queensland summer cyclone decides to roll on in!


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:02 PM

Cricket set for Gold Coast 2018 after Prince Tunku presentation

July 1 - Prince Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), has claimed he is hopeful about getting cricket on the sports programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games after a positive meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) Executive Board in Kuala Lumpur.

The 64-year-old Malaysian is well known by the ICC, having served on its Executive Board in two spells from 1997 to 1999 and 2001 to 2008 and admitted he was happy after delivering a formal CGF presentation to them.

"I gave the ICC Board a brief introduction to the Commonwealth Games," Prince Imran said.

"I told them that the feeling from our Annual General Meeting in St Kitts in November was that we were keen to have cricket back in the Games and, with Australia hosting in 2018, that might present an ideal opportunity.

"I hope this will be a win-win situation.

"Including cricket within the Commonwealth Games would present an opportunity to showcase the sport not just to a new audience, but to other sports administrators.

"Just as rugby sevens got into the Olympics after making a good impression in the Commonwealth Games; so could cricket.

"But the greatest benefit of inclusion is not commercial; it is about the globalisation of the game.

"I believe inclusion within the Commonwealth Games would be particularly beneficial for the development of the women's game.
"It would provide a high-profile tournament for them to take part in."

The ICC are now set to investigate the costs and benefits of including cricket in the Commonwealth Games, with the CGF likely to issue a formal response at the next ICC Executive Board meeting in November.

There are still difficulties involved given there is a congested calendar in cricket, and both the CGF and the ICC would want the best players involved.

That was the case at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, the last and only time cricket appeared in the event, when Australia fielded a star-studded team, featuring the likes of Steve Waugh (pictured above, right), which was beaten in the final by a South Africa side that included Shaun Pollock (pictured above, left), Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher.

"We understand that the cricket schedule is very busy and selection, of course, is the prerogative of the Board," said Prince Imran.

"We would understand if the players selected were the best available but I am sure that the players would like to participate.

"Shaun Pollock and Steve Waugh both appeared in the Games in 1998 while Sir Viv Richards was there as team manager of the Antigua side.

"I know they all enjoyed and valued the experience."




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Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:23 AM

most of the mining camps in Queensland are dongas guess thats where he got the term from. I also agree no good for a games village have stayed in better backpackers then some dongas i know of

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