Message from the Mayor

In April 2018 the Gold Coast will be on the world stage as we host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). We are proud to host GC2018 as more than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories take part in the largest event our nation has seen in recent years.

GC2018 will unite our community, create jobs and kick-start infrastructure projects that will deliver a world-class event and leave a lasting legacy for the communities of the Gold Coast. It will also put the city on an economic high as people and businesses around the globe look for post GC2018 opportunities. I am committed to ensuring the Gold Coast grabs the opportunities in front of us, so we aren’t faced with the ‘hangover’ issues other cities have previously had to deal with. We are making sure we stay way ahead.

During GC2018 our city will be a hive of activity filled with exciting events. But we’re making sure the Gold Coast continues to buzz with festivals and events long after GC2018. Events are worth $50 million to our economy every year. After GC2018, we will continue to grow our events to keep us on the global stage and way ahead.

To make GC2018 the best ever, we’re investing $350 million in infrastructure projects that are changing the face of our city. Right now we have brand new and upgraded facilities at: the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at Southport; the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre; the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara; and the Gold Coast Hockey Centre at Labrador. Best of all, these facilities are here to stay and just some of the examples of why the Gold Coast is way ahead.

We recognise that education, research, health and innovation are the jobs of the future. Supporting the ongoing development of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct will help us employ 26,000 people and generate $2.9 billion into the city’s economy. Investing in this emerging health and innovation hub is future-proofing our city and putting the Gold Coast way ahead.

Businesses are the lifeblood of our city, employing hundreds of thousands of locals. The way ahead is creating an environment for business growth and maintaining that ‘have a go spirit’. We’re investing $3.6 million installing optic fibre to ensure businesses will operate smarter and faster. When it comes to growing jobs, we are supporting businesses and trade now and well beyond 2018 – that’s the way ahead.

The city welcomes 13 million visitors each year, supporting tens of thousands of small businesses and local jobs. We’re diversifying our tourism through a number of projects, like the $25 million being spent at the Cultural Precinct at Evandale. Tapping into cultural tourism is one example of how we are way ahead – building the Gold Coast into a must-visit destination.

Keeping the city’s traffic flowing means we can do business better and spend more time with our friends and families. $200 million is being invested in our city-wide road and transport network so it can become more connected, affordable and sustainable. But we haven’t stopped there. After GC2018 we will continue to invest in congestion busting upgrades. We’re keeping the Coast moving – that is why we are way ahead.

This is the Gold Coast and there is nowhere else like it. Let’s all work together to keep the Gold Coast way ahead.

City of Gold Coast


The Gold Coast City Transport Strategy will guide the city’s transport system to 2031. It creates a smart, connected and liveable city under a one network approach. Better roads will eliminate bottle necks, investments in cycling and walking will improve active transport and extending the light rail network to Coolangatta, via the airport, will extend the capacity of public transport. Read more.

Business & Investment

We are Australia’s small business capital – with more than 100,000 locals employed in IT start ups, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, courier services and tourism.

Improved opportunities through less red tape, world-class fibre optic solutions, higher broadband speeds and improved road networks all help free up businesses to get on with what they do best. Read more.

Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a world-class research-intensive university, a clinically-driven teaching hospital and a cutting-edge private hospital.

Generating over $5 billion in investment already, the precinct will create 12,400 new high-value jobs and $2.9 billion in gross regional product. Read more.


Events are worth $50 million to the city’s economy every year. After GC2018, the city will grow and attract new, bigger and better events that keep us on the global stage. New and improved sports facilities will attract bigger events and sports training. Read more.


With $13 billion of private and public investment, the city is experiencing a new level of buoyancy. Major infrastructure, including an integrated Health and Knowledge Precinct, a number of high-performance sporting facilities, tourism infrastructure and a new Cultural Precinct, will create a prosperous economic future for all. Read more.


For the first time, the Gold Coast will have a true cultural heartland at Evandale. The precinct is emerging as a centre for live music, artistic expression and events.

Cultural tourism employs thousands of locals and we will work to drive more jobs for locals. Read more.