Coast in bid for games

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has released preliminary plans for infrastructure needed for the Gold Coast to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, ahead of a trip to India to argue the glitter strip's credentials.

Ms Bligh travels to Delhi on Thursday to meet with officials.

She told state parliament on Wednesday she would go armed with ideas on how the Gold Coast could accommodate the international sporting event.

She said the state gov- ernment had finalised an investigation into the games and found the Gold Coast would be “very well placed” to launch a successful bid.

Preliminary plans include a new velodrome, upgrade to the Gold Coast aquatics centre, further works on Car- rara Stadium to house track and field events and temporary conversion of other venues for use as squash courts and boxing and weightlifting arenas.

The Warner Brothers sound studio would be converted to a broadcast and media centre.

Ms Bligh said it was hoped the Gold Coast could host the core sporting events, with Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville hosting other sports.

She said preparation and infrastructure for the games could cost $970 million over the next decade, generate 30,000 jobs and boost tourism in the state.

The state government and Commonwealth Games Association will decide whether to officially enter a bid for the games early next year based on the response received this week.

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