Capitalising on Commonwealth Games success a local priority

A COMMON WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE: Joy Drescher,  Heather Lindsay, Cr Michael Enright, Council's Coordinator Cultural Services Bronwyn Davies and Peter Harris.
A COMMON WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE: Joy Drescher, Heather Lindsay, Cr Michael Enright, Council's Coordinator Cultural Services Bronwyn Davies and Peter Harris.

As the countdown continues to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a group of community members have been meeting monthly to ensure the Scenic Rim capitalises on the golden opportunities presented by the event.

The Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4-15, 2018.

The 2018 Readiness Reference Group, was formed by Scenic Rim Council and is chaired by Councillor Michael Enright and comprises community representatives from across the region.

Cr Enright said wide-ranging social as well as economic benefits would flow from the staging the largest multi-sport event in Australia in a decade on the Scenic Rim's doorstep.

"The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will showcase the Scenic Rim to the world and the group aims to make the most of that opportunity," he said.

Formed in November last year, the group's members have been drawn from the Scenic Rim's sporting, community and business groups.

Readiness Reference Group members include Joy Drescher, Andy Fechner and Louise Dwyer from Beaudesert, Joy Young from Kalbar, Aria Ferguson, Peter Harris and John Flanagan from Tamborine Mountain, Eva Judge from Boonah and Heather Lindsay from Canungra.

"These members provide a link between Council and their communities so that Scenic Rim residents have an opportunity to contribute their ideas to the celebration of the Games and the promotion of the Scenic Rim on the international stage," Cr Enright said.

The Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce was quick off the mark to launch its Commonwealth Communities project to celebrate the Games and help promote local business.

The Commonwealth Communities promotional 'passports' were tabled at this month's Readiness Reference Group meeting. 

The meeting also considered accommodation options to bring Games visitors to the Scenic Rim as well as the need for public transport arrangements during the event.

"Our goal is to ensure a coordinated approach that will provide the highest visibility for our region, maximise opportunities and ensure a lasting legacy from the Games for the Scenic Rim," Mayor Greg Christensen said.