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Australian consortium to deliver GC2018 security & Queensland all set for a summer of sport

A consortium of four specialist Australian companies has been appointed by GOLDOC to provide the security workforce for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.   

 

Comprising of MSS Security, Wilson Security, SecureCorp and SNP, the consortium will deploy more than 4,000 security personnel.

 

Transport and Commonwealth Games Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, confirmed that 30% of the security workforce would be recruited from South East Queensland and added:

The security workforce for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be specially trained by GOLDOC and its partners to deliver a high-quality presence for the Games and new, industry recognised skills for hundreds of local workers.

 

A significant consideration in planning for GC2018 has been the Games’ legacy; it has been built into new and upgraded venue infrastructure, and now the workforce skills of hundreds of Queenslanders.

 

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said the safety and security of spectators and athletes would be a priority for GC2018:

This is a sporting event, it’s also the largest event Australia will see this decade, and we’re determined everybody will be able to enjoy the Commonwealth Games in a safe and friendly environment. 

 

GOLDOC is working closely with Queensland’s Department of Education and Training and industry experts to tailor the skills of the GC2018 security workforce to local needs.

 

While GOLDOC Head of Security, Danny Baade, added that the security workforce would include both newly trained and experienced personnel:

South East Queensland has delivered many large events in recent years, the G20 Summit is just one example. 

 

We’ll be providing a visible presence for GC2018, which is similar to what you would expect to see at a major Australian airport, while complementing the work of other security agencies.

 

Most recruitment and training of security personnel will commence during 2017.

 

Queensland set for a summer of sport

In the meantime, Queensland will play host to the best cricket, tennis, football and basketball in Australia as part of the state’s exciting calendar of summer sports.

 

Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, said he was excited to see so many home games and international tests being held in Queensland across a range of sports:

It’s fair to say that we can look forward to a crackerjack summer of sport on Queensland fields and courts with so many events to attend.

 

The Gabba will host the first Test of the Commonwealth Bank Series against Pakistan in December, the first Pink Ball Test to be staged at the ground.

 

With the recent [AU]$1 million lighting upgrade to enable Day Night cricket to be played at the venue, I’m calling on Queenslanders to embrace the new timeslot and get along to enjoy a balmy night of Test Cricket at The Gabba.

 

Queenslanders are known around Australia for their love of cricket, so we’re also looking forward to a strong turn-out for the Brisbane Heat’s T20 Big Bash League games and the One Day International against Pakistan on 13 January.

 

Minister Pitt said the New Year would also see the beginning of the international tennis season with local favourites Sam Stosur, Bernard Tomic and John Millman joining the all-star field including Rafael Nadal, Stan Warwinka and Svetlana Kuznetsova – making the Brisbane International an event not to be missed.

 

The Gabba recently completed an AU$1m lighting upgrade to enable Day Night cricket. Courtesy: http://www.thegabba.com.au

 

Minister Pitt added:

National leagues are also set to provide great family outings over the holiday break.

 

In basketball, fans and visitors across Brisbane and Cairns can look forward to some great entertainment as the Brisbane Bullets and Cairns Taipans compete in an exciting season of the National Basketball League (NBL).

 

This year’s NBL season is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent memory, with only two losses separating the top and bottom of the ladder.

 

In the Hyundai A-League we can look forward to a dynamic display of skills and rivalry and I encourage fans to attend as many games as possible to cheer on the Brisbane Roar.

 

Our elite champions are without question an inspiration, setting a positive example for young Queenslanders, and we wish them great success as they compete on the national and international stage.

 

As a government, we’re always keen to encourage more Queenslanders of all ages to participate in sport and matches such as these play an important role in inspiring a passion for sports amongst young Queenslanders. 

 

This summer will showcase a true celebration of the diversity of sports supported here in Queensland, and I encourage everyone to get behind their teams this summer and experience the great events the sporting industry has on offer.

 

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