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Business Gold Coast December 2011 newsletter

Community secret weapon in Games bid success

The passion and pride of local residents was the deciding factor in the Gold Coast’s Commonwealth Games bid success according to Mayor Ron Clarke.

The Mayor said while it was vital the Gold Coast demonstrated the technical aspects of its bid, the city’s passion and support for the Games played a pivotal role in securing the necessary votes.

“While there was never a doubt that the city could deliver a world-class Games technically, I believe the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) delegates were impressed by the level of community support behind our bid,” said Cr Clarke.

“Our secret weapon was definitely our community who showed the CGF voting delegates that a Gold Coast Games would be passionately supported and defined by its friendliness.

“Getting the Gold Coast across the line was a team effort with many people working hard behind the scenes to ensure we presented the strongest bid possible. Our success really highlighted what can be achieved when the three levels of government, the private sector and the community work together.

“Securing the Games is a defining moment for the Gold Coast and, like Brisbane in 1982, will be the catalyst for major growth and development.

“Now the hard work really begins as we turn our energies towards staging the largest sporting event in Australia in the next decade.

“Hosting the Games will present wonderful opportunities for the Gold Coast to reinforce its capacity to stage international events, attract tourists from all over the world and be recognised as a city ripe with investment opportunities.

“The benefits are so broad and far-reaching but we need to remember the Games are still almost seven years away. There is a long way to go -  but time to ensure we have everything in place.”

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