Griffith experts present insight into Games’ legacy on Coast

The potential for a ‘city changing’ legacy to sweep across the Gold Coast region in the aftermath of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be explored before a public audience at Robina Library on Wednesday night (March 14).

The final edition of 2018 Inside Scoop, hosted by City of Gold Coast Libraries, will bring Griffith University experts Professor Ned Pankhurstand Dr Alana Thomson to the stage for a one-hour presentation on the likely and enduring impacts on the Gold Coast once the curtains come down on the closing ceremony on April 15.

Major opportunity

Professor Pankhurst, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Griffith University, will focus on the evolution of the Gold Coast’s Health and Knowledge Precinct, and future opportunities for collaboration between high-tech industry development and world-leading research in health and science. He will also discuss the transformation of the Games Village post-Games.

“These steps are underway already,” Professor Pankhurst said. “They involve identification of potential partners, assessment of facility design and business activity against agreed occupancy criteria and facilitation of discussions with Economic Development Queensland regarding land access and tenure. Two building proposals are well advanced.

“This is a major opportunity to leverage the large State and City of Gold Coast investment in the Games to drive diversification of the Gold Coast economy through knowledge-based industries. This is potentially city changing.”

Get involved

Dr Thomson, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Griffith Business School, will be asking how the legacy of the Games is likely to influence civic pride and social cohesion for years to come. Her research has used data from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to build an understanding of how a sustainable social legacy can be realised on the Gold Coast.

“The findings show it is very important for people living on the Coast to engage with the atmosphere and excitement of the Games, even if they are not attending any of the sports events,” she said.

“I would urge the local community not to isolate themselves from the buzz on their doorstep but to immerse themselves in it. This involvement will play a significant part in the generation of a positive and productive social legacy that will benefit the region in the years ahead. Be active in creating Games-time memories with family and friends.”

This is the final installment of 2018 Inside Scoop which has offered local residents a unique and expert insight into the city’s preparations to host the biggest event in Australia this decade.

Entry is free and you can register online to be part of the audience at Robina Library on Wednesday night, March 14, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

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