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NBA and Australian basketball star, Patty Mills as our seventh Commonwealth Games 2018 Ambassador.

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NBA and Australian basketball star, Patty Mills as our seventh GC2018 Ambassador.

Today GC2018 announced NBA and Australian basketball star, Patty Mills as our seventh GOlD COAST 2018 Ambassador.

As a proud Indigenous Australian who is excited to spread the word about the Commonwealth Games, Patty has a message for all fans as he promotes the 4-15 April 2018 Games.


Government has announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups – including $1.13 million for Gold Coast groups

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Thousands of competitors to fly in for Gold Coast Airport Marathon

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15,000 volunteers to join the Commonwealth Games

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A teacher, volunteers from Schoolies and Surf Life Saving events and a high school student are among the first to be inducted into the 15,000-strong volunteer team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today welcomed the Games’ newest recruits at the Volunteer Selection Centre on the Gold Coast where, over the coming months, thousands of offers will be made to people keen to sign up as a Games volunteer. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the community and their contribution to the Games is another important legacy for the Gold Coast and Queensland," Ms Jones said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s great to see so many people offering to be part of the Games.     “The success of most major events around the world is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of volunteers working behind the scenes. “Our volunteers will be able to look back on the Games and know that their hard work helped achieve one of Queensland’s g…

Domestic and Family Violence shelters to save lives across the Gold Coast

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One of two new Domestic and Family Violence shelters funded in the State Budget will be located on the Gold Coast. The Palaszczuk Government has committed $6.8 million in new funding in this year's Budget to establish and run two new specialist domestic violence shelters across south-east Queensland. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the new shelter would make a difference in an area of high demand. “Police statistics tell us that across the Gold Coast in the last 12 months there has been an increase in assaults of 27 per cent and an increase in breaches of DV Orders of 36 per cent,” Ms Fentiman said.  “It is a brave decision women make when they leave a violent relationship and it is vitally important that we have services ready to help them when they do.” “We are seeing the continued demand for safe accommodation and support for women and children at serious risk of violence, often fuelled by the use of ice.” “The new shelter in this reg…

$1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy delivers for the Gold Coast

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The Palaszczuk Government’s $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy is set to deliver comprehensive support for Gold Coast locals, from homelessness to homeownership.  $110 million for new homes on the Gold Coast Visiting the Gold Coast today Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the ten year Queensland Housing Strategy was spearheaded by a construction jobs program that would revitalise housing across the city.  “Through the Queensland Housing Strategy the Palaszczuk Government is investing $110 million to build 392 new homes in the Gold Coast over the next five years,” Ms Fentiman said.  “The Gold Coast has had a significant pipeline of construction work through the Commonwealth Games.  “This $110 million investment will see that pipeline continue for small, medium and large construction businesses, supporting 63 full time construction jobs each year over the five years.  “The Gold Coast is a growing city and this significant investment will help support vulnerable Queenslanders…

Australian tourists spending more than ever before in Queensland

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Australian domestic overnight travellers are spending more than ever before in Queensland pumping $15.3 billion into the state economy. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the latest Tourism Research Australia data released today showed continuing strong growth in visitor numbers and expenditure. “The growth we have seen in expenditure of 5.8 per cent is nearly double the growth rate of New South Wales,” Ms Jones said. “More Australians are choosing to holiday in Queensland with close to half of our domestic market expenditure – $7 billion – coming from people holidaying in the state. “Australians know just the place to holiday – here in Queensland with our unique experiences, natural wonders, world-class events and unbeatable hospitality. “In the year to March we saw Australians take more than 21 million trips to Queensland over the past year, a growth of 4.3 per cent, exceeding the national average of 3.1 per cent. “Those visitors stayed a total of 83 million nights, up 5 pe…