Secord calls for region to host G20

THE Gold Coast/Tweed should be chosen as the location for the 2014 international G20 conference instead of PM Julia Gillard picking a capital city, says NSW Labor MP Walt Secord.

Mr Secord, an opposition upper house member with a brief to keep watch on Tweed issues, said the region had enough accommodation to compete with the capitals and should be chosen instead.

He said Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest should try to convince NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell that the Tweed-Gold Coast should be put forward as a joint bid to host the 2014 G20 meeting of world leaders.

On the weekend, it was announced Australia would host the 2014 meeting of world leaders.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who will get to set the summit agenda, said she would consult with the state premiers on who would host the event.

"Sydney is already a front-runner and would be a wonderful host, but why doesn't the State Government think outside the square and consider a joint proposal for the Tweed and the Gold Coast?" said Mr Secord.

"The region has world class resorts and hotels and an international airport with capacity to take the jets of world leaders.

"The Tweed-Gold Coast has an international reputation and it would stack up against Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane.

"Just imagine Nicolas Sarkozy of France or Barack Obama jogging and swimming at Tweed and Gold Coast beaches."



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