Showing posts with label Commonwealth Games 2018. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Commonwealth Games 2018. Show all posts

29 March 2018

Australia Post Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games latest stamp issue

March 29, 2018 0 Comments
Australia Post is releasing a commemorative stamp to celebrate the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
It will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games, which is held every four years, in the event's 88-year history. Previous games have been held in Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982) and Melbourne (2006).
Canada hosted the very first Commonwealth Games in 1930 (then known as the British Empire Games) which saw 400 athletes from 11 countries compete across just six sports. This has grown significantly with this year's Commonwealth Games set to host over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories, competing across 18 sports.
Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said: "this stamp issue commemorates the largest sporting event Australia has played host to this decade."
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held 4-15 April, will be a record-setting event with up to 300 para-athletes expected to compete in 38 medal events across seven sports. This represents 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals than the previous para-sport competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The domestic base-rate ($1) commemorative stamp was designed by Sonia Young of the Australia Post Design Studio and features the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games emblem.
The emblem captures the energy and spirit of the 'Friendly Games' and is inspired by the bold colours and shapes of the Gold Coast landscape. It features the figures of three athletes; a gymnast, a hurdler and a swimmer, which aim to reflect the depth of heritage and deep humanity of the Games. For more information visit
The products associated with this stamp issue are a first day cover, stamp pack, minisheet, maxicard set and medallion cover.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games stamp issue is available from 20 March 2018 at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at, while stocks last.
Please visit for more information on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games stamp issue.

25 February 2018

Helicopters QFES team trains to deal with Commonwealth Games emergencies

February 25, 2018 0 Comments
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford has been given a preview of the specialised training being undertaken by QFES personnel who will take to the skies to deal with emergencies during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Mr Crawford today (Sunday) visited the QFES aircraft hangar at Archerfield in Brisbane to watch the ready-reaction team – who will be deployed in helicopters - in action, ahead of the Games in April.
He said 35 QFES personnel – including the QFES State Air Operations Unit – are undergoing the Integrated Emergency Response Capability training in readiness for operations from an airfield in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
“The personnel being trained will be based there during the Games, and deployed in helicopters to deal with incidents including traffic snarls or accidents – and prevent further issues possibly developing,” Mr Crawford said.
“They will be working with specialised sets of equipment which can be assembled quickly.
“The 35 QFES staff and volunteers include Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters, and State Emergency Service (SES) operators.
“Of these, 12 Fire and Rescue Service firefighters have been Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) accredited.
“USAR is a specialised technical locate-and-rescue capability which incorporates pre-planning and using self-sufficient, multi-agency personnel for emergency response or critical incidents response.”
Apart from the additional training, Mr Crawford said QFES’ air capability will also be considerably enhanced during the Games.
He said two helicopters will be based in the Gold Coast hinterland for the full deployment period from April 4 to April 15.
“Every day, two pilots, six USAR, two aviation support crew and an air observer will be deployed to observe and assist across the Gold Coast and surrounds,” he said.
“More than 850 QFES personnel will be deployed during the Commonwealth Games, which will be an exciting and challenging time for everyone involved – athletes, visitors, volunteers and workers.
“That’s why training is critical to making everything run smoothly,” he said.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll said more than 400 QFES volunteers are undergoing specialist training in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
“We are focused on creating a safe environment through effective planning and quality training to equip our workforce with the skills needed,” she said.
Ms Carroll said QFES’ involvement would also include about 400 paid employees, in addition to the volunteers.

Source: Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Craig Crawford

23 February 2018

AIS and Commonwealth Games Australia boost grants to athletes in the lead up to Gold Coast 2018.

February 23, 2018 0 Comments
Commonwealth Games Surfboard Clock
A slice of the Gold Coast came to Canberra recently, as the Australian Sports Commission welcomed an executive group from the organising committee of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to the AIS.
With the build-up to the Games in full swing, GOLDOC Chair Peter Beattie, CEO Mark Peters and President of Commonwealth Games Australia Sam Coffa presented a commemorative GC2018 surfboard to ASC CEO Kate Palmer and AIS Director Matt Favier. 
The two organisations, along with Commonwealth Games Australia, share a unique partnership. The AIS and Commonwealth Games Australia are combining resources to boost grants to athletes in the lead up to Gold Coast 2018.
The AIS provides $12 million annually in direct grants to athletes, known as dAIS. Commonwealth Games Australia will injected a further $2 million dollars into the dAIS scheme before Gold Coast 2018 and it has already helped support more than 200 athletes across 19 sports. This includes:
topping-up payments to 122 athletes already supported by dAIS
providing grants to 86 new emerging athletes.

With just on a year to go to the start of the Games, GOLDOC Chair Peter Beattie says preparations are going smoothly.

“The Commonwealth Games are on track, they’re on budget and they’re on time and they’re going to be sensational and you’re going to love every bit of it as athletes from all over the world come,” Mr Beattie said.
ASC CEO Kate Palmer encouraged all visitors to Canberra to get behind Australia’s athletes.
“From our perspective we want everyone that comes to this to precinct  - and there are thousands of people that do - to actually walk past the surfboard and remember that they need to go out and buy a ticket and watch the Commonwealth Games at a home games, “ she said. “I know our athletes are really excited about that opportunity to compete in a home Games, there’s nothing like that.”
Athletes Chris Remkes (Gymnastics), Jess Aungles (Para Swimming) and Rachel Neylan (Cycling) attended the handover ceremony and are aiming to compete at a home Commonwealth Games.
"The Commonwealth Games is a big goal for me over the next 12 months," Neylan said.  "There is a real high-performance drop-in hub here in Canberra ... there are some of the best sports science and sports medicine brains in the world."

Attribution: Australian Sports Commission —

21 February 2018

Frontline service staff have joined Queensland Rail’s ranks ahead of the GC 2018 Commonwealth Games

February 21, 2018 0 Comments

Commonwealth Games Count Down Clock Surf Board
Commonwealth Games Count Down Clock Surf Board

More than 70 additional frontline customer service staff have joined Queensland Rail’s ranks ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), ready to support thousands of domestic and international travellers as they flock to the Gold Coast for the major international event.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new recruits kick-started their intensive six-week customer service training this week, ahead of supporting Queensland Rail’s existing team of over 670 customer service staff during the biggest event Australia will see this decade.
“GC2018 is just around the corner, and our focus is on ensuring our customer service staff assist people to navigate the rail network as easily as possible during the Games,” Mr Bailey said.
“With Brisbane CBD and Gold Coast line stations’ opening hours to be expanded to up to 24 hours to support round-the-clock train services during the Games, we’re pulling out all the stops to cater for an increased number of travellers between Brisbane and Varsity Lakes.
“We have hired more than 70 new recruits on two-month fixed-term contracts specifically for the Games, many of whom offer multilingual skills to further enhance the more than 40 languages already spoken across our frontline workforce, making sure our visitors feel welcome, no matter where they come from.”
Executive General Manager Citytrain, Nick King, said Queensland Rail was thrilled that of the newest customer service recruits, six had been sourced through Multicultural Development Australia, an organisation that works with newly welcomed Australians from a variety of backgrounds to help them find engaging work opportunities and settle into their new communities. 
“Giving these newly arrived Australians work experience not only builds their confidence in their new home, but fosters a welcoming environment, and brings fresh perspectives on problem-solving,” Mr King said.
“All of our new recruits will be deployed to key stations across the South East, with international visitors clearly able to identify all our multilingual station staff by badges worn throughout the Games stating language skills.
“To ensure successful cross-cultural interactions with customers travelling on the rail network, a further 210 customer service staff from key stations are set to complete multicultural customer services skills training over a three-week period in March, ready to support our international visitors.
“We are excited to welcome customers throughout GC2018, and assist them whether they come from near or far,” said Mr King.

Source: Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

10 February 2018

Nightclubs and Restaurants Extended Trading Hours for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

February 10, 2018 0 Comments

Gold Coast restaurants and licensed venues will be able to serve alcohol for an extra hour during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to accommodate late night events and showcase the Coast’s vibrant nightlife.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today announced the extended liquor hours as part of the government’s commitment to a successful family-friendly Games.

From 3 – 17 April, all 162 licensed cafes and restaurants on the Gold Coast will be able to serve alcohol until 1am or 2am during the Games, and licensed venues in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise Safe Night Precincts can serve drinks until 1am or 4 am, depending on their current liquor license hours.

“Giving all venues an extra hour liquor trading will allow more local businesses to make the most of our biggest event this decade,” Ms Jones said.

“We’ve consulted with tourism chiefs and City of Gold Coast, listened to local businesses and heeded community concerns and believe we’ve found the perfect balance for Games time.

“We want to cater for international tourists accustomed to a late night dining culture and ensure visitors can experience all that is great about the Gold Coast.

“With a massive sports program and the Queensland’s biggest ever arts and culture festival the Gold Coast will come alive for the Commonwealth Games.

“These extended hours will be automatic – there’ll be no need for businesses to apply for extended liquor licenses and there’ll be no expense involved.”

Ms Jones said licensed venues in Safe Night Precincts could apply to stay open even longer if they choose to use their allocation of special permits.

“Those venues can also apply for extra temporary extended trading hours permits to cater for late night events – like the opening ceremony and late night sports program on Friday 13 April – allowing them to serve alcohol until 5am.

“For such a special once-in-a-generation event, we will also waive the application fees for licensed venues choosing to use their allocation of late night permits during the Games.”

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said international athletes’ GOLDOC accreditation passes would be recognised as sufficient ID to enter licensed venues in SNPs.

“In addition, as part of our welcome packs and communications with all athletes, we will recommend they carry their passports or licenses, to ensure quickest scanned entry,” Ms D’Ath said.

Scanner manufacturers have been provided with a full list of all 70 nations competing in the games.

ID scanning is only required after 10pm in licensed venues in Safe Night Precincts which have licensing hours which allow trade beyond midnight. Venues who don’t currently require ID scanners now will not need to install them for the Games.

Source: Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

05 February 2018

Billion Dollar Infrastructure Spend Drives 24/7 Commonwealth Games Light Rail, Rail and Bus Services

February 05, 2018 0 Comments
The Palaszczuk Government has released the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Transport Plan, 2 months ahead of the start of the games, giving residents and spectators the time they need to plan for Queensland’s largest ever international event.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey joined Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones to launch the integrated transport plan today, and said travellers would benefit from twenty-four hour heavy rail, light rail and bus shuttles throughout the games.
“This significant capacity increase on local routes, was made possible by extensive and detailed planning and substantial investment in infrastructure – almost $1 Billion - across the network,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is absolutely focussed on ensuring that more than one million spectators, around 6600 athletes and team officials, 50,000 workers and volunteers, 3500 accredited media representatives arrive safely and on time.
“We majority funded and built the $420 million Gold Coast Light Rail stage 2 in record time, delivered the $163m Gold Coast heavy rail  between Coomera and Helensvale to get more trains to the games and invested more than $160 million to upgrade key local road infrastructure in our first budget.
“The world is coming to the Gold Coast. We’re expecting 6 million extra journeys on our transport network for the games, and these investments and the transport plan will help keep the Gold Coast moving between 4-15 April.
“These Palaszczuk Government infrastructure investments will also be a lasting Commonwealth Games legacy for Gold Coast residents, supporting continued economic development for decades to come.
“We now have a fully integrated transport system on the Gold Coast that offers a world class light rail service, 13 extra Park ‘n’ Rides, a duplicated heavy rail track, with high frequency shuttle buses and a massively expanded bus fleet getting most spectators to venues. 
“Motorists should also be aware that the next round of Games traffic management initiatives on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast will commence in stages from 1 March.”
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said that the transport plan was solid and put Gold Coast residents and visitors in a good position to keep moving.
“We want locals and spectators to familiarise themselves with how they can prepare and adapt their normal travel habits during the event,” Ms Jones said.
“I’d encourage Gold Coast residents and visitors to consider their transport options by visiting
, take time to plan ahead, and to re-check conditions on their day of travel.

“A dedicated Commonwealth Games Journey planner will also be released soon, which will include the details of event shuttles buses and special Commonwealth Games park and rides.
“There will be many different elements to the huge GC2018 event cities transport network, so a dedicated Transport Coordination Centre will be used to monitor and respond to real time activity 24/7.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said there had been extensive engagement across the Gold Coast to get businesses and individuals ready for the Games and that all the information is now available for them to make good travel choices.
“In the past 12 months we have engaged with more than 100,000 people across the city and also invested more than $100 million of transport upgrades to which will help accommodate capacity during GC2018. This includes investment in infrastructure that promotes active travel,” Mr Tate said.
The City in partnership with TMR has also produced a series of interactive maps which can be used to gain visibility around which locations we expect to be busy at which times over the course of the ten days that GC2018 is on.
The maps work by modelling the selected date and time based on a complex data set including historical traffic monitoring, ticketing sales information and combining that with the event schedules. It can be found at

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Peter Beattie AC said a robust public transport network was integral to a successful Commonwealth Games and he is confident that the large investment in infrastructure coupled with enhanced timetables would achieve this.
“The transport task on the Gold Coast is undoubtedly challenging, but we’re up to it and I’ve been impressed by what has been achieved,” Mr Beattie said.
“Demand on transport infrastructure is not an issue unique to the Gold Coast, it happens at every Commonwealth Games.
“It’s vital that locals support GC2018 and that means travelling smart.
“The long term benefits that this once in a lifetime event will bring are huge and that includes the transport legacy we will enjoy long after the Games end.”
An overview of timetable changes for each mode during GC2018 can be found below:
Heavy Rail
  • The number of daily services operating on the Gold Coast line will be tripled, with trains operating 24/7
  • Train services will run on average 10 minutes or better on the Gold Coast line for most of the day
  • This equals 176 additional daily rail services on the gold coast line every single day of the games
  • This is equal to an additional 130,087 weekly kilometres in train travel on the Gold Coast line
  • Some adjustments to heavy rail services across the wider SEQ network will be experienced due to the unprecedented demand of this world class event
Light Rail
  • Trams will operate 24 hours a day, every day during GC2018
  • Services will be running every 6 minutes in peak event periods 7-10am and 4-10pm
  • Light rail will deliver up to an additional 4,670 services during the games
  • Uplift to 12 of the 56 existing TransLink bus routes that are considered key north-south or east-west connections on the Gold Coast
  • All other routes will run a weekday timetable on weekends
  • Average bus trips per day to increase from 49,000 to 141,000 during games time
  • An additional 4000 daily services provided across the 12 existing bus routes
Shuttle Buses
  • 20 + dedicated event shuttle bus routes moving 147,000 passengers a day
  • Route GC2018 will be a 24/7 event shuttle service operating between Helensvale Station and Nerang station connecting sport, accommodation and entertainment precincts
M1 Games Initiatives
The M1 management initiatives for the Games include:
  • Reducing the speed in the 110km/h speed zone by 10km/h to 100km/h between the Logan Motorway Interchange (Exit 31) to Gaven (Exit 69), northbound and southbound from 1 March 2018
  • Reducing the speed in the 100km/h zone by 10km/h to 90km/h from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway Interchange, northbound and southbound from 1 March 2018
  • Temporary ramp metering at the southbound Gold Coast Highway (Exit 62) and Smith Street (Exit 66) on-ramps to keep traffic moving at a constant pace as vehicles join the motorway, from mid-March 2018
  • Additional Traffic Response Units and towing vehicles to ensure incidents are cleared from the M1 as quickly as possible. These will be deployed in stages from 31 March with all units deployed by 4 April 2018. The deployment will finish on the 15 April after the closing ceremony
  • Allowing vehicles carrying athletes and officials to travel along the hard shoulder of the M1, under police escort where safe and at low speed, if there is severe congestion that may prevent them from arriving at an event on time. This will only occur between 4 April 2018 and 18 April 2018.
  • Additional speed enforcement measures on the M1 including trailer mounted speed cameras, which are to be managed by Queensland Police Service (QPS).
In making the decision to temporarily reduce the speed limit on the M1 and introduce ramp management, Transport and Main Roads looked at national and international research. Research shows that speed reduction and ramp metering helps to increase motorway capacity, improve travel speeds during peak times and reduce the number of crashes.
For further information:
For Games travel information, visit

For all other travel and timetable information, including elsewhere on the SEQ transport network, visit
 or call 13 12 30 anytime.

Attribution: Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

03 February 2018

Light rail will run nonstop during Commonwealth games 2018

February 03, 2018 0 Comments
Light rail will run nonstop during games
The Gold Coast’s light rail network will operate 24 hours a day, every day during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, ensuring demand for services is met during the event.
Speaking ahead of the GC2018 public transport timetable launch tomorrow (February 4) Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said trams would run every six minutes during peak event periods.
“This is just one of the ways the Palaszczuk Government is going above and beyond to keep people moving during the games,” Mr Bailey said.
“There is going to be a massive influx of people during the games, but we are confident we have done the planning to make sure this is an incredibly successful event.”
The announcement follows the successful launch of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two in December, which has seamlessly connected the light rail network to the heavy rail network at Helensvale Station.
Mr Bailey said he could also release new patronage figures, which showed a staggering 110,863 trips had been made from stage 2 stations up to January 28.
“The overall increase in patronage across Gold Coast Light Rail since stage 2 opened, when compared with the same period last year, was 27 per cent or an extra 245,259 trips,” Mr Bailey said.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said 14 trams were now being used for standard peak periods, and that would increase to up to 17 trams during GC2018.
“The Gold Coast now has one of the most integrated public transport networks in the state with some of the most frequent services,” she said.
“The Palaszczuk Government has done the work needed to make GC2018 one of the best games ever.”
Further details of the GC2018 transport timetable will be released on Sunday, February 4.


Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey