Lendlease to help build 2018 Commonwealth Games
LEADING AUSTRALIAN Property and Infrastructure company Lendlease has been appointed an Overlay Delivery Partner and Official Supporter Property & Infrastructure of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Bringing global experience to the Gold Coast, the Australian company will project manage the delivery of 15 competition venues to Games standard across South East Queensland, Townsville and Cairns.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said he was pleased to welcome another Aussie business to the Games Family.
“We are very excited to welcome Lendlease as the latest supporter and valued member of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Beattie said.
“Lendlease brings to the table experience in delivering projects for major sporting events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympics, Sydney 2000 Olympics and a whole host of World Cup events.
“Most importantly, we have the support of a business, who understands the end user, helping us to build an even bigger and better Games for all to enjoy.
“Lendlease’s appointment is another step forward in our Games delivery program and I look forward to seeing the venue overlay across Games venues commence later in the year,”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, welcomed Lendlease to the GC2018 Games Sponsor Family.
“Lendlease brings its own Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan to the Games, which complements all that we are doing to promote the spirit of reconciliation through the Games.
“It’s the first time that a major international sporting event of this scale has committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
“Through the RAP, we have an opportunity for Games partners to deliver real and tangible legacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as employment and training opportunities, and a greater cultural awareness of our unique heritage,” Minister Jones said.
Lendlease Building Chief Executive Officer Dale Connor said the partnership was an exciting opportunity to contribute to Australia’s sporting efforts on the world stage.
“We are a proud Australian company and welcome the opportunity to support our nation as it hosts athletes from all backgrounds to compete and excel on the world stage,” Mr Connor said.
“As a business, there’s an incredibly strong alignment between our two organisations such as our shared commitment to building respectful relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“Together with GOLDOC we can elevate the conversation around reconciliation and create real opportunities around procurement, employment and cultural awareness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
Lendlease will provide planning, programming, logistics and supervision to transform existing facilities into world-class competition venues ensuring that both athlete and support experiences the very best the Games have to offer.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place from 4 to 15 April 2018.
■ Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie.