Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
WITH one month until the 2018 Commonwealth Games host city announcement the community has been praised for its overwhelming support and contribution to the Bid.

Andrew Bell, CEO of Ray White Surfers Paradise Group and Chair of the Gold Coast’s Business and Community Consultative Committee says the overwhelming support of the community has been inspiring.

“The enthusiastic support behind the city’s Bid has galvanized the community and attracted favourable feedback from the delegates.

“There is a real sense of excitement and the prospect of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018 has served to unite the Gold Coast community,” he said.

“On a daily basis I never cease to be amazed at the huge level of awareness with many people stopping me in the street, calling me on the phone or asking me at functions how the Bid is going.

“The most common question being are we going to win, it will be such a great thing for the Gold Coast and Australia.”

Mr Bell says there is a good level of understanding amongst the local community regarding the benefits that will emerge from hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“It is a rare occasion we see bipartisan support and business and community groups collectively supporting the same cause and it is truly fantastic to witness and be a part of,” Mr Bell says.

“From National Banks across the coast who play the promotional DVD and give away Bid posters, to the local schools and sporting clubs – the ‘Behind the Bid’ campaign has really amassed broad support.

“Although the actual event in 2018 will be remarkable – we are going to get immediate benefits should we be successful in winning on the day.

“There is a lot of work to be done for the Games and there is also a full program of lead up events that will be part of the build-up from 2012 onwards.

“We can’t be certain we are going to win despite the amazing Bid put forward, and should we be unfortunate enough not to win we have already received enormous benefits from the profile our Bid has generated.”

Over 71 delegates have visited the Gold Coast from around the Commonwealth gaining an appreciation of why major sporting events have been so successful in the region.

“We have already made commitments to major sporting events for the years to come, so win or lose this bid has already made a significant benefit to the Gold Coast,” Mr Bell says.

“The support of the community shows that we will host an exceptional Games that will be a fantastic promotion for the Gold Coast and Australia, before, during and following the event.

“We are a passionate sporting city and there is a real enthusiasm about securing and successfully hosting the Games in 2018.”

Mr Bell said it was not just the Gold Coast community supporting the event but people from more than 140 countries had indicated their support with the Bid’s Facebook page hitting more than 31,000 fans this week.

“The virtual support for the Bid is so important too – we have had incredible feedback from our website and on Facebook, not to mention some very important followers on Twitter including the London 2012 Olympic Games, Paralympian Kurt Fearnley OAM , Olympian Emma Snowsill and cricketer Damien Martyn.

The announcement of the 2018 Commonwealth Games host city will take place in St Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean on 11 November 2011. The community is invited to attend a live announcement on 12 November 2011 at Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast City.

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