LNP Leader Campbell Newman said every Queenslander had their fingers crossed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be awarded to the Gold Coast.
“It would be fantastic news for the Gold Coast region, Queensland and Australia,” Mr Newman said.
“This will put the Gold back in to Coast – providing a much needed boost to the local economy.
“I’m very confident of the Gold Coast bid and the LNP will be barracking for the event and offering support for the Games committee so the 2018 games will be a huge success.
“Brisbane hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games which were lauded for being friendly and fun – and the legacy for the city was the QEII stadium and other outstanding sporting venues.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Gold Coast, not just to host teams from the Commonwealth, but also to acquire and improve sporting facilities that can be used for training and in regular state and national competitions.
“Queenslanders know how to run an international event – and enjoy being generous hosts. Who could forget Expo ’88?
“Assuming the Gold Coast wins, the big task for games organisers, Gold Coast City Council, and State and Federal governments is to start planning and consulting with local residents and sporting groups on the best way to build the facilities needed to host the games.
Mr Newman said the seven year run up to the games will provide plenty of opportunities for the Gold Coast – which has been under plenty of economic pressure this year.
“The games would deliver a boost for infrastructure and development, give a great lift to the resident and retail sector as well as provide a job boost for the region.
“The Gold Coast is ready and eager for the Games – and we’re all waiting nervously for a successful vote on the weekend.”