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  1. A view point substantiated by the fact that Canada put forward Halifax (small provincial capital of Nova Scotia) for the 2014 commonwealth games, but then withdrew the bid as it was deemed too expensive at $1.3 billion (despite this being trimmed down from 1.7 billion). The Canadians then decided to put together a $2.4 billion bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games, ( $1 billion more expensive than the Halifax bid), this time putting forward their no.1 city: Toronto. It’s clear where their priorities are – clearly the Canadians view the Pan Am Games to be more valuable/ more worth hosting than the c
  2. Even though I am against this Gold Coast 2018 CWG bid, the Gold Coast is actually well suited to host these games. The Gold Coast is a great place to visit for 1 week where you can stay in a hotel and go on tours to Mount Tambourine, Movie World, Dream world, sea world, go up Q1 etc. It is a very tourist orientated place, so is perfect for a games that last for 10 days. To live in the Gold Coast is another story. It is a very transient place, lots of people visiting for a few days/ months even (on short term contracts). Not much arts/ culture here, gets boring when you live here permanently
  3. A big issue here in the Gold Coast with regards to the 2018 CWG is the athletes village could be built on land that is being used for the Gold Coast show at Parklands. Check out this article titled: "No show for Gold Coast Parklands development." http://subtropic.com.au/2010/10/19/no-show-for-gold-coast-parklands-development/ Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 6:52 am | Reported by Tom Kojrowicz Gold Coast residents are petitioning to prevent the closure of the iconic Parklands facility, a move that could see the Gold Coast show left without a site. Parklands is the host of the Big Day Out music
  4. Yes- exactly. This is where other regional events such as the Asian Games are changing with the times, and therefor ehave a much better prognosis compared to the commonwealth games. After Incheon 2014, the next Asian Games will be in 2019 and 2023. The OCA know that 2014/18/22 are years with crowded sporting calendars - winter olympics, youth summer olympics, commonwealth games, and of course the FIFA World Cup (above everything else). Asian Games in 2019 and 2023 will not clash with as many events (IAAF world athletics championships in 2019 and 2023 will last for 1 week compared to the FIFA
  5. The current bid requirements are simply ridiculous for the CWG. There needs to be drastic reductions in requirements. Athletics stadium 15-20,000 seats minimum (like for the Pan Am Games, York University will be using a 10-15,000 seater athletics stadium for the 2015 Pan Am Games, after Hamilton lost the atheltics events). Aquatics centre 2000 seats(olympic sized swimming pool), 500 seats (diving area) A cap on the number of athletes 3,500 or 4,000 athletes at a maximum (to ensure that building an athletes village is not too expensive) Less compact bids At the moment, the CGF pref
  6. I am a Gold Coast resident, based near Southport and let me tell you all I am 100% AGAINST the 2018 Commonwealth Games being hosted here. They are a waste of time and more importantly a waste of money. NO THANKYOU....... The fact that NO-ONE else wants these games (2018 CWG) should make Gold Coast residents very nervous indeed. I mean who is going to pay for these games? The residents! Expect a massive tax rise to pay for this useless 3rd/ 4th tier sporting event. The fact that Auckland, New Zealand did a feasibility study which predicted something like a $400- 500 million dollar LOSS, is a
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