In just under three years, the best athletes from across the Commonwealth will be heading to the sunny shores of the Gold Coast. However, before the games can get underway, there is still a lot of construction and infrastructure upgrades required - something of significant
note for industry job seekers.
It is then pleasing to note a recent announcement from the Queensland government. According to Acting Premier Jackie Trad, the government will fund a $160 million road upgrade which includes five separate projects.
"These roads projects will provide around 480 jobs at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever."
"These roads projects will provide around 480 jobs at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever," she said.
"Importantly, our investment in pedestrian, cycling, public transport and road improvements will leave a lasting legacy for residents and visitors, not only when the international spotlight is on the Gold Coast, but for years to come."
What is the scope of the projects?
While the projects are still in the planning stages, the Queensland government has provided some insight into the nature of these upgrades. This includes road widening, traffic signal installation, lane extending, new roundabouts and safety improvements.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey explained that the package is mainly because of the Commonwealth Games, but also due to the fact that the Gold Coast is the state's fastest growing city through tourism and population.
"It's forecast that six million extra journeys will be made across the Gold Coast during the 2018 Commonwealth Games," he noted.
Is there other infrastructure work available?
One of the reasons why the Gold Coast was selected to host the next games was the fact that over 80 per cent of the stadium infrastructure was already built. However, there are opportunities available for workers who want to be part of the new infrastructure construction.
In April, construction started at the $101 million Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre - home to basketball, badminton, netball and indoor football facilities. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk noted that 400 jobs would be created through the design and construction phase as the project develops.
Additionally, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate described the centre as "the centrepiece for the Commonwealth Games and is the most significant venue infrastructure project"
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