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

    Commonwealth Games Village reaches next milestone

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

    Friday, December 06, 2013

    Commonwealth Games Village reaches next milestone

    Construction of the Commonwealth Games Village has moved a step closer today following the Newman Government’s approval of the development scheme for the Parklands Priority Development Area (PDA).

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the community had reviewed and made submissions on the scheme, and all matters raised were taken into consideration.

    “The redevelopment of the Parklands PDA is a huge construction project for the region and vital to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games success,” Mr Seeney said.

    “This development scheme sets out the land uses, future development and infrastructure planned for the Parklands PDA, which will guide construction of the Games Village and longer-term development.

    “Post-Games the site will be developed in a manner which is complementary to the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

    “The site will support an integrated, vibrant centre, featuring a diverse mix of uses including research and technology, commercial, retail, residential, recreational and community facilities.

    “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.”

    Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) consulted extensively with the City of Gold Coast which supports the development scheme.

    Information sessions and consultation with other state agencies and the community was also carried out by EDQ.

    “This is the first development scheme to be approved under the Economic Development Act 2012 and is a key government project, helping to support economic development in this area,” Mr Seeney said.

    “When completed the Games Village will provide accommodation and services to 6,500 athletes and team officials during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in accordance with Commonwealth Games Federation guidelines.

    “The land at Parklands PDA was transferred to EDQ on the 1 October 2013 and early works to prepare the site for development have already begun.

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

    For more information on the Parklands PDA development scheme or to view the submissions report visit - http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/infrastructure-and-planning/parklands.html.

    [ENDS] 6 December 2013

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