Commonwealth Games Gold for Coast

THE 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 43 to 27 decision on Saturday.

Gold Coast Tourism is expecting big things from the Games, with much to look forward to between now and the big event.

"The Gold Coast's international profile is about to hit new levels as the city builds its promotional momentum towards 2018," chief executive Martin Winter said.

"Spurring that on will be an unparalleled period of new investment and development to further the Gold Coast's credentials as a truly modern international city.

"It has already started with the Queensland

Government announcing $500 million direct investment in venue and transport infrastructure."

Destination Tweed chief executive Phil Villiers said he had been nervous 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.

He said the Tweed region may be able to secure contracts for venues 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.

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

"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," he said.

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

Benefits

 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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