Stuckey scores Games minister role
PREPARATIONS for the Commonwealth Games were given a boost on Friday with a Gold Coast MP announced as the games' minister.
Gold Coast's acting mayor Councillor Daphne McDonald welcomed the announcement that Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey would become the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games.
"I haven't spoken to her yet but I will be seeing her on Tuesday," Cr McDonald said.
"The six years (to organise the games) won't take long at all.
"It's just massive the work to go in and it's going to be a very big job."
Cr McDonald said the coast would benefit from having three MPs in the ministry.
"We couldn't have done any better and I hope the benefits flow on," Cr McDonald said.
"The community will be expecting these people to deliver."
As well as Ms Stuckey in the ministry, Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek will be the Minister for Education, Training and Employment and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates will be the Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the Gold Coast was well represented in the new-look parliament.
"The days of the Gold Coast being neglected and taken for granted are well and truly over," Mr Newman said.
"I have made these appointments on merit and the talent and experience in the Shadow Ministry has been reflected in the number of Ministers from the Gold Coast.
"Certainly John-Paul Langbroek, Ros Bates and Jann Stuckey are people of great experience and I know they will be working very hard, not just for their communities, but for the people of Queensland in their portfolio areas.
"These are people with years of experience who have travelled widely and know Queensland very well.
"They know the needs of our communities and they know what needs to be done."
The Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley AC will swear in the ministry on Tuesday.