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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    New Commonwealth Games Board Chair and Director to be appointed

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    New Commonwealth Games Board Chair and Director to be appointed

    Former Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie AC will be appointed the new Chair of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board.

    Mr Beattie, who served as Premier from 1998 to 2007, is to be joined on the GOLDOC Board by former editor-in-chief of the Gold Coast Publications Pty Ltd Bob Gordon.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the appointments would ensure the 2018 Commonwealth Games would maximise value for the Gold Coast and Queensland.

    “The Games will showcase Queensland and its people to an audience of more than 1.5 billion people across the world,” she said.

    “It’s a great opportunity for our athletes, but it’s also an important opportunity to strengthen trade, tourism and jobs.”

    “The Games are already having a significant impact and more than 5700 workers have been engaged on the Games to date.

    “The Games are expected to generate 30,000 jobs and inject more than $2 billion into Queensland’s economy.”

    Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Peter Beattie was eminently qualified to take on the role as Chair of GOLDOC.  

    “We’re in the final leg of the planning race and with 687 days to go until the Games, Peter is the perfect candidate to take on the role as Chair of GOLDOC and promote Queensland to the world,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

    “Peter’s experience across government and business will be invaluable and ensure our State is well placed to capitalise on business and trade opportunities presented by the Commonwealth Games.

    “You could not ask for a more passionate or experienced advocate for Queensland and the Games.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said Peter Beattie and Bob Gordon were passionate Queenslanders with strong connections to the corporate community.

    “As Premier, Peter Beattie secured 2001 Goodwill Games and this was another major opportunity to showcase Queensland globally. Through his experience and energy, Peter will help my Government ensure the 2018 Games are the best ever,” she said.

    “His role as a Trade Commissioner will be invaluable to reach out to international corporate sponsors and ambassadors for the Games. It’s also critical that we can maximise the benefits for local businesses and local jobs with the Games.”

    The Premier said Mr Beattie’s appointment complemented the role of former Premier Rob Borbidge as Chair of the Embracing 2018 Committee.

    Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Gordon would provide a strong understanding of the Gold Coast region and help ensure the local community and businesses seize on the opportunities presented by the Games.

    The Games, to be held from 4 to 15 April 2018, will feature 6600 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.

    The Honourable Peter Beattie AC served as the 36th Premier of Queensland. He also served as Queensland’s Trade Commissioner to North and South America based in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2010. Mr Beattie is Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland, joint adjunct professor at the University of Queensland’s Australia Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and a national media commentator.

    Bob Gordon has more than 50 years’ experience in journalism, including 13 years as editor-in-chief of Gold Coast Publications Pty Ltd – publishers of The Gold Coast Bulletin. He has held positions of chief-of-staff of The Canberra Times and The Courier-Mail, and editor of The Sunday Mail. Mr Gordon is a founding director of the Gold Coast Suns AFL side. He is a member of the advisory board of Griffith University’s Glycomics Institute and member of the Gambling Community Benefit Committee.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791

    Jessica Hill  (Minister’s office) 0475 950 772