The Southern Gold Coast has welcomed the announcement that Coolangatta will be the host venue of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Beach Volleyball competition.
Its staging in a temporary stadium at the city’s southern-most beachside location means that spectacular television images of the Gold Coast’s iconic coastline will be seen by some 1.5 billion people across the world over the course of the April 4-15, 2018 event.
Connecting Southern Gold Coast CEO, Peter Doggett, said it was a win for the southern region and would see the benefits of the Games spreading further south.
"Coolangatta is the ideal venue for the Beach Volleyball, with a well-protected beach, plenty of sand, not to mention a strong accommodation sector supported by a growing retail and lifestyle precinct,” said Mr Doggett.
“We’re thrilled with the announcement and look forward to working with organisers in delivering what is sure to be one of the signature events of the Gold Coast Games.”
Councillor for Division 14, Gail O’Neill, who has been a vocal advocate for more inclusion of the Southern Gold Coast in the 2018 Games, welcomed the announcement for Coolangatta.
“The Southern Gold Coast has so much to offer in terms of being a fantastic venue for outdoor sports, and I’m sure the local community will join me in welcoming this high profile event to our region in April 2018,” said Cr O’Neill.
“It will give visitors and spectators the chance to see just how beautiful this part of the city is, and hopefully come back here to enjoy it.
"This is certainly a step in the right direction to ensure the whole city will see and feel the benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games here on the Gold Coast,” she said.