Tar­tan army de­mands compo af­ter Games vil­lage lock­out

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - KATHLEEN SKENE

FU­RI­OUS Team Scot­land is de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion from Com­mon­wealth Games or­gan­is­ers af­ter be­ing de­nied ac­cess to the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage. The Scots flew to the Gold Coast to en­sure the ac­com­mo­da­tion was up to scratch but were locked out by de­vel­oper Gro­con. The feisty team told GOLDOC to tar­tan up their act and said they would seek money for a re­turn visit when the vil­lage was ready. The sporran le­gion hinted the Gold Coast’s prepa­ra­tions were not up to the stan­dard of Glas­gow’s where Clyde the this­tle (pic­tured) was the mas­cot.

TEAM Scot­land has is­sued a scathing state­ment and is de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion af­ter they were de­nied ac­cess to the un­der-con­struc­tion Ath­letes’ Vil­lage apart­ments while on a plan­ning visit for next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games.

Thirty of­fi­cials rep­re­sent­ing 18 sports ar­ranged an in­spec­tion of the Park­lands vil­lage for yes­ter­day but when they turned up to GC2018 head­quar­ters were told its builders, Gro­con, would not let them in­side the units.

The of­fi­cials were in­stead of­fered a bus ride through the vil­lage and a view­ing of a replica apart­ment.

Team Scot­land Chef de Mis­sion Jon Doig OBE said the trip had been planned with GOLDOC over the past year and be­ing locked out of the units was “ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing”.

He said or­gan­is­ers had granted teams full ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties when Scot­land hosted the last Games in Glas­gow and was “ex­tremely surprised and dis­ap­pointed that this is not the case in Aus­tralia”.

“The Games Vil­lage is the hub of oper­a­tions for all com­pet­ing teams, so view­ing the apart­ments is crit­i­cal to our space and op­er­a­tional plan­ning and not be­ing al­lowed in will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on our abil­ity to fi­nalise our plans,” he said.

“We are par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­pointed that hav­ing spent in the re­gion of $65,000 of our de­vel­op­ment grant from GOLDOC to come here, that we are un­able to con­duct this im­por­tant area of pre-agreed busi­ness.

“We will now be look­ing for ad­di­tional fund­ing from GOLDOC or their con­trac­tors to en­able us to re­turn and com­plete this vi­tal area of work over the next few months.”

A state­ment from Gro­con said ac­cess was not pos­si­ble due to safety con­cerns on the ac­tive con­struc­tion site.

“It is not safe for a group of 30 (plus GOLDOC reps) to be wan­der­ing through it dur­ing work hours,” the state­ment said. “Gro­con, GOLDOC and the Queens­land Govern­ment have a long­stand­ing agreed pro­to­col for site vis­its.

“GOLDOC only ad­vised Gro­con of Scot­land’s re­quest for a walk­ing tour of the site last week and was ad­vised at the time this would not be pos­si­ble.

“Scot­land is one of 70 par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions, which high­lights the need to care­fully man­age site tours.”

GOLDOC said they had ar­ranged for the Scot­tish del­e­ga­tion to tour only the ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas of the vil­lage.

Nei­ther GOLDOC nor Gro­con would en­ter­tain fund­ing a re­turn visit by the Scots.

Chef De Mis­sion Jon Doig and team Scot­land at Met­ri­con Sta­dium. The team came to see the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage but weren't al­lowed in. Pic­ture: STEVE HOL­LAND

The Ath­letes’ Vil­lage is un­der con­struc­tion at Park­lands.

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