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he Gold Coast of Australia is renowned for its yearround sunshine, thriving bar and restaurant scene and great shopping. Its world-famous beaches and picturesque golf courses have helped make it among the country’s most popular tourist hotspots. With hundreds of thousands of domestic and international visitors each year, the area has had to find a balance between being an attractive location for young revellers and a traditional family holiday destination. A study in 2011 showed that the reputation of the Gold Coast had suffered, and the City has worked hard to improve and transform perceptions of the area. The local government area is named the City of Gold Coast and is the second largest in Australia, after the City of Brisbane, in Australia. Its role is to take advantage of a beautiful climate and an amazing natural environment to


continue developing this area of Queensland, ensuring it’s an enviable city to both live in and visit. CITY VISION The council’s City Vision has three distinct themes: that people contribute to a strong community spirit; that prosperity should be built on a strong diverse economy and that the Gold Coast should be the best place to live and visit. This is being implemented through Gold Coast 2020, the City Plan 2015 and key strategies. The tagline of the project is ‘Inspired by lifestyle. Driven by opportunity’. To this end, Gold Coast 2020 lays out a number of initiatives across a range of areas to create more local employment, improve infrastructure, embrace culture and develop sustainability. A highlight during the life of the plan is the city hosting the


Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) in 2018 and benefiting from the legacy of GC2018 for generations to come. “City-wide engagement informed the development of Gold Coast 2020,” the council says. “The plan will be used to inform annual planning and budget priorities for the City of Gold Coast, with its progress reviewed on an annual basis.” The City Plan supports this vision by setting out a fresh and innovative approach to managing and supporting long term growth and is a crucial tool in shaping the Gold Coast into a mature, world-class city over the next two decades. SUSTAINABILITY Maintaining the Gold Coast’s natural environment with its

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spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways is imperative. Reducing consumption of non-renewable energy is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and stopping climate change. The City of Gold Coast (City) is committed to reducing its own emissions and have purchased hybrid petrol/electric cars for its fleet, uses ethanol enriched fuel at its depots and is investigating other alternatives for a greener fleet. “We are piloting several projects to generate green renewable energy and is introducing sustainable building design in new and renovated facilities. Through planning measures, we encourage sustainable development,” says City.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY The City of Gold Coast Economic Development Strategy 2023 provides the framework for long-term growth and prosperity. There are six key themes for delivering the strategy, as stated by City below: • Innovation – foster innovation and entrepreneurial activity. • Cultural – build a thriving cultural economy by growing our creative industries. • Infrastructure – increase tourism infrastructure in


areas such as dive, marine and eco-tourism; improve telecommunications infrastructure and links between business hubs; and to create a Central Business District. • Competitive business – reduce regulation and red tape; and support new business, export and productivity. • Workforce – increase study and training in the city in line with business needs; grow our skills base; increase employment options; and raise the city’s global profile as an education, knowledge and research destination. • International – strengthen international partnerships; increase our export base and attract inward investment.

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 The Gold Coast is preparing to host the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, when more than 6500 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition. “GC2018 will unite our community, create jobs and kickstart infrastructure projects that will deliver a world-class event and leave a lasting legacy for the communities of the Gold Coast,” says City. “More than 80 per cent of the infrastructure required to host GC2018 is already in place, however delivering an event of this size requires the coordination and cooperation of three


levels of government and multiple agencies. “We’re working with our partners to complete the venues and village, infrastructure and city improvements to deliver long-term benefits for our residents. “When the eyes of the world are on us in 2018, we’ll be ready. The GC2018 partners are planning a city-wide community readiness program to get everyone in the Gold Coast prepared to host our most exciting event ever.” All GC2018 sports events will be held in existing and new or upgraded venues on the Gold Coast, with the exception of track cycling and shooting (Brisbane) and preliminary rounds of basketball (Townsville and Cairns). The Games will also

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feature a comprehensive cultural and festival programme for those wishing to enjoy all the excitement and energy of GC2018. BOOST FOR THE GOLD COAST GC2018 has bolstered the local construction industry, which has led to incredible growth in the job sector, leading the Gold Coast to be labelled ‘the engine room of Queensland’. A report in January 2016 showed that more than 15,000 jobs were created in the past 12 months, while the city’s unemployment rate was slashed from 6 per cent to 5.3 per cent, well below the state’s average of 5.9 percent, according to the latest ABS data. With this encouraging news and preparations for the Games in two years’ time ongoing, the City is benefitting from its combined efforts to attract new business, investment and skilled people.


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