Games has led economic boom in QLD

10 April, 2017

With less than one year to go until the 2018 Commonwealth Games, games Chairman Peter Beattie says it has created plenty of public private partnership opportunities for QLD.

Beattie, who is keynote at the  CCI Lighthouse Leadership Series on 21 April,  says Perth should throw its hat in the ring to host future Commonwealth Games so it too can reap the benefits.

He says preparing for the Commonwealth Games has been a driver for the economy on the Gold Coast.

“There’s no doubt that the widening of the roads, the extension of light rail and the construction activity that’s associated with the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast has really led to an economic boom,” he says.

“That’s one of the reasons why you’ll see so much economic activity on the south east corner of Queensland, which is driving the Queensland economy and outside of that it’s flat.”

The former Queensland Premier from 1998–2007, Beattie says the games is more than just a sporting event with numerous opportunities for businesses to be involved. 

“The way we’re looking at it is it’s not just a sporting event, the athletes’ village and the precinct around it will be a health and knowledge precinct and it will be linked in with Griffith University to do a whole lot of research,” he says.

“Another one of the projects was built in partnership with Village Roadshow. The sound stage will be used for a number of sporting events and then will be used to make movies.”

Beattie’s foray into public life began when he joined the Australian Labor Party in 1974, entered parliament in QLD in 1989 and became minister for health in 1995, just before the Goss government lost office.

Wayne Goss’ decision to step down as party leader opened the door for Beattie to become Opposition leader. He subsequently became premier in 1998.

Beattie has also been QLD’s trade commissioner to North and South America, an adviser and guest lecturer at Clemson University in South Carolina.  

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