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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Parklands flourish for start of construction

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Parklands flourish for start of construction

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today inspected the Parklands Project on the Gold Coast to officially mark the next phase of construction at the home of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village. 

    Above ground work is now well underway, with more than 1252 apartments and townhouses and a 5700m2 retail precinct to be built on site, accommodating up to 6500 athletes and team officials during GC2018. 

    Premier Palaszczuk said Gold Coast residents would soon be able to see the development take shape, with more workers than ever before and buildings rising out of the ground. 

    “Right now there are 140 workers on site and this will increase to more than 1000 at the height of construction in mid-2016,” Premier Palaszczuk said. 

    “This is a landmark development that is truly representative of the enormous legacy we are achieving for the Gold Coast and Queensland through GC2018,” she said. 

    “Aside from a $550 million injection into the economy and the generation of 1500 jobs during design and construction, 26 subcontractors and suppliers have been represented on site and approximately 8000 Indigenous training and employment hours achieved since work commenced,” she said. 

    Grocon CEO Carolyn Viney said the Parklands Project – funded by Grocon, the Queensland Government, and investment partners – would be an exciting addition to the Gold Coast landscape.

    “This development is one of the most significant urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast,” she said.

    “It shows our commitment to the south east Queensland real estate market and our confidence in it. Most importantly, it will provide lasting outcomes for many generations to come.” 

    As part of today’s proceedings, the Premier and Grocon CEO Carolyn Viney were joined by project investors to unveil a commemorative plaque and tree, the first of 136,420 trees that will be planted in green spaces throughout the completed development ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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