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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Games Village a step closer

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Games Village a step closer

    The Queensland Government has reached the next stage of its procurement process to select a private developer for the Commonwealth Games Village at Parklands on the Gold Coast.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced that Grocon Pty Ltd and Village Park Consortium – comprising Australand Holdings Limited and Citta Property Group - are the two remaining developers being considered for this exciting redevelopment project.

    “As part of its next stage in the procurement process, the government has invited Grocon Pty Ltd and Village Park Consortium to submit final refined offers by the end of November,” Mr Seeney said today.

    “The government, through Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), expects to announce the preferred proponent in early 2014. 

    “Early next year, the public can look forward to seeing what the Commonwealth Games Village will look like when the developer’s master plan is also revealed.

    “The program of works for the delivery of the Commonwealth Games Village is on schedule, and demolition and site preparation works are already underway,” he said. 

    Mr Seeney said the construction of the Commonwealth Games Village will provide accommodation and services to 6,500 athletes and team officials during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

    “This is been a thorough process, showing the Newman Government’s commitment to better planning and delivering better infrastructure,” he said.

    “These buildings aren’t a short term fix and will stand the test of time.

    “After GC2018, in the medium to longer-term, Parklands will become a new master planned mixed-use community and home to new residents and businesses integrating with the 200 hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct which includes the Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, and the new private hospital.

    “The redevelopment of Parklands will be one of the most significant urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. 

    “It will not only boost the local construction industry and generate economic benefits throughout the construction phase, but it will provide longer-term jobs for the future.”

    [ENDS] 30 October 2013

    Media Contact: John Wiseman – 0409 791 281 or Elizabeth Spry – 0418 928 744

    Background information:

    Grocon Pty Limited

    ·         Grocon is Australia’s largest privately-owned property and development and construction company specialising in large-scale projects.

    ·         Grocon has expertise in all aspects of development including management, design management, project management, construction, sales, leasing and funding.

    ·         Some of the iconic landmarks created by Grocon include the Rialto Towers, Eureka Tower and AAMI Park in Melbourne and No 1 Martin Place and 1 Bligh Street in Sydney.

    ·         Grocon carried out the redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the lead-up to the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. 

    ·         On the Gold Coast, Grocon completed the Oracle Apartments at Broadbeach and Soul at Surfers Paradise.

    ·         Grocon has operations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, the US and UAE.

    Village Park Consortium

    ·         Village Park Consortium (VPC) is a consortium comprising Australand Holdings Limited and Citta Property Group that was responsible for the delivery of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village.

    ·         Australand and Citta, working together and individually, have a track record in the development of high quality integrated residential communities.

    ·         Australand has created the waterfront residential community, Cova at the Gold Coast’s Hope Island.

    ·         One of Australia’s major publicly-listed developers, Australand has operations in Sydney, Melbourne, South East Queensland, Adelaide and Perth and a sales office in Hong Kong.

    ·         Citta is a privately owned specialist developer which has partnered with Australand on a number of projects.

    ·         Citta specialises in large-scale, complex mixed used projects and offers specialist expertise in planning and design, financial structuring, development, project management, sales, leasing and marketing of both private and public sector projects.