Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane was supporting the 2018 Commonwealth Games by not only hosting the cycling and shooting events but delivering special projects as a lasting legacy of the city’s contribution to this historical sporting event.
Cr Quirk said Council and the Office of the Commonwealth Games were jointly funding $1.9 million of enhancements and activities including presenting Festival 2018 and facilitating the Queen’s Baton Relay through the city and suburbs.
“Enhancements will be delivered around the city in preparation for an influx of visitors during the Games, including upgrades to Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Point, new way-finding signage and bus stop accessibility upgrades,” he said.
Brisbane is hosting two events as part of the Games – the Track Cycling at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Chandler from 5 to 8 April 2018 and the Shooting at the Belmont Shooting Centre from 8 to 14 April 2018.
Cr Quirk said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) would be a major sporting event for Australia and Brisbane was grabbing the opportunity with both hands, with Festival 2018 at the centre of the exciting local events on offer.
“Festival 2018 will be a highlight of Brisbane’s arts and cultural calendar, featuring a range of creative activities and events and generating a festive atmosphere during the Games from 4 to 15 April 2018,” he said.
“Brisbane’s Festival 2018 will have something for everyone and will be a welcome addition to Council’s existing program of vibrant creative and cultural activities.”
Brisbane City Council is also serving up a brand new lifestyle and leisure experience for the bayside, with Wynnum’s historic Wading Pool to transform into a competition-grade beach volleyball arena over the cooler months.
“The facility will be available for public use this year, and the tournament will launch in 2018. It will be scheduled for the Wading Pool’s off season in July and August, when the water is drained for annual maintenance activities,” he said.
“This will not only deliver an exciting new recreational facility for Brisbane families, but will also boost Wynnum’s economy by delivering an elite sporting competition.”
Cr Quirk said Council was undertaking the four year project which would see Council invest $28,000 each year to support the initiative.