In a cent to­wards Games’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

GC2018’s part­ners in­cluded The Star, Tafe, Op­tus, Grif­fith Univer­sity, Atos, Wool­worths and Longines.

Speak­ing to global del­e­gates at the Trade 2018 Ma­jor Event at Broad­beach yes­ter­day, Mr Beat­tie de­clared the Games a suc­cess, say­ing the ben­e­fits to the city and state’s rep­u­ta­tion, and the en­hanced skills of those in­volved, would prove a last­ing legacy.

“We’ve now got a crit­i­cal mass of peo­ple and a rep­u­ta­tion that says we can put on good events,” he said.

“That’s a use­ful mar­ket­ing tool be­cause that means that all the peo­ple who have done se­cu­rity here, trans­port, tick­ets, com­mer­cial spon­sor­ship, they’ve got some­thing mar­ketable that we can sell around the world.

“There’s a lot more ma­jor events in the world than there’s ever been — sud­denly there’s a lot more events around the world where the skills we’ve de­vel­oped for this event are use­ful and mar­ketable and are part of an eco­nomic re­cov­ery.”

Mr Beat­tie said work to du­pli­cate heavy rail, ex­tend light rail and fix bot­tle­necks on lo­cal roads would be key lega­cies of the Games, along with a shift in the be­hav­iour of lo­cals to­wards pub­lic trans­port.

“The psy­chol­ogy of the city’s changed — the trams are packed,” he said.

“You’re chang­ing the men­tal­ity of a city.

“Putting on an event on the Gold Coast is a night­mare. It’s a nar­row strip of land with wa­ter in the mid­dle of it. If you want to take some­thing and say `here’s a chal­lenge’, well that’s a chal­lenge.”

The for­mer Queens­land premier said a less-pub­li­cised chal­lenge of the process was work­ing with var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment and other au­thor­i­ties, which he said “didn’t al­ways love each other”.

“At the end of that, you grow to­gether and you can mar­ket to­gether,” he said.

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