Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the Commonwealth Games Village development project at Parklands, near Southport, was one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast.
?I am pleased to confirm that we have reached agreement with Grocon to be the preferred developer of the Games Village and look forward to working with them on the transformation of the 29-hectare site,? Newman said.
?The Commonwealth Games Village will provide essential services and accommodation for 6500 athletes and officials in Games mode. This project will inject an estimated $500 million into the local economy over the next five years and will generate more than 1500 jobs during its construction phase.”
“Overall, the Commonwealth Games and associated projects are expected to generate approximately $2 billion in economic benefits to the state and generate up to 30,000 full time jobs.?
Grocon CEO Carolyn Viney said the company was thrilled to be part of the redevelopment of Parklands. ?Grocon is honoured to be involved in delivering this important development for Queensland and we are focused on delivering a precinct of enduring value to the Gold Coast community,? Viney said.
?The master plan design incorporates more than 30 new buildings ranging in height from single level to eight levels. Grocon has submitted our proposed master plan for development approval and we aim to commence construction later this year.?
Opportunity for local construction
Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the project offered a tremendous opportunity for the local construction and quarrying industries, with much of the labour and construction materials to be sourced locally.
?The Government is developing a whole of Games forward procurement plan to help industry and businesses plan ahead to take full advantage of the significant business opportunities that the Games represent,? Seeney said. ?The Commonwealth Games Village will occupy seven hectares of the 29ha Parklands site with a further seven hectares dedicated to parks and open space.
?The balance of land will be held by the State for the future health and knowledge precinct from 2018, integrating with the existing hospital and university. Grocon will deliver more than 1200 permanent apartments and townhouses and a neighbourhood retail centre at Parklands, with the construction of 30 new buildings ranging in height from single level to eight levels. Once demolition is finalised, work will begin to prepare the site for the start of construction of the Games Village in 2015.?
The Queensland Minister for Tourism, Small Business, Events and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said that after the Games, Parklands would provide significant infrastructure as it becomes home to people and new businesses as part of a modern, mixed-used community which will include residential buildings and a new business hub for health and knowledge, commercial and retail development.
Sources: Queensland Premier The Honourable Campbell Newman, Deputy Premier Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Jeff Seeney, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games The Honourable Jann Stuckey