Gold Coast set to Boom since Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast set to Boom since Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast has an evolving identity and culture that is unique to Australia and since the Commonwealth Games 2018 put a spotlight on the city, the local economy is set to boom with an estimated 2.9 billion in growth.

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct artist impression.  Photo: State Government

Australia’s leading lifestyle city has an exciting future ahead of it, with the addition of the largest urban renewal project to ever hit the Gold Coast. The Athletes Village will be incorporated into the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, as a residential and commercial hub.

Destination Gold Coast celebrated the past and future of the GC at a media and breakfast event this month, at Kurrawa Surf Club. Speaking at the event was Jesse Judd the Director of ARM Architecture who planned the Athletes Village, and created the masterplan for the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

Director of ARM Architecture Jesse Judd.  Photo: Destination Gold Coast

Jesse Judd said that the Gold Coasts exploration of identity and its ability to adapt and change has been one of its greatest achievements, and has helped it to become a top destination.

“The city has gone through enormous growth and is in a constant search for its own identity. And it’s not a problem – it’s actually the city’s best asset,” Director of ARM Architecture Jesse Judd  said.

“The Gold Coast’s most defining characteristic is change.

“Constant evolution and redefinition is exciting because it’s unshackled from other historic cities of Australia which are defining themselves in the nineteenth century rather than in the future.”

Speaking alongside Mr Judd at the event was Griffith Universities’ Cities Research Institute Director, Professor Paul Burton.

Professor Burton said when building a great city like the Gold Coast, continuous effort needs to be put into the planning and investment of public spaces, physically as well as digitally.

“All great cities have these elements – distinctiveness, great public places, public transport and walkability, and importantly a real sense of welcome for new arrivals,” Professor Burton said.

“The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a fantastic opportunity to show how we’re becoming a more mature city, expanding our health-related R&D capacity and creating another great place in the city.

“It’s an excellent example of building an athletes village that will turn quickly into the heart a Precinct where people will want to live, work, study and do business.”

The GC Health and Knowledge Precinct. Photo: City of Gold Coast

However Professor Burton said that the Gold Coast was still growing out of some of its less desirable traits of adolescence, while transforming into a more mature city, and suggests a more relaxed approach.

“The unpredictable mood swings, the pains associated with very rapid growth; the identity crises and the attempts to mask uncertainty and anxiety about the future by ignoring it, or by hoping it will just go away,” Professor Burton said.

“For instance everyone was worried about the city being a car park because of congestion during the Games and so there were strong warnings, and this flipped to business complaints of a ghost town because people got scared, so we need to be more even-keeled.”

Health and Knowledge precinct artist Impression. Photo: State Government

The Director of Destination Gold Coast’s Corporate Affairs Dean Gould said the addition of The Health and Knowledge Precinct gives the Gold Coast a lot of depth for serious investors to explore.

“We have really put the destination on show. We have a lot of growth in the tourism market and we have a lot of people wanting to invest in the city,” Director of Corporate Affairs Dean Gould said.

“The development of the games village into that precinct after the Games is also going to be a huge catalyst to high-tech investment into the city.”

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