The Gold Coast has won the battle with Sri Lanka to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The final vote was 43-27 over the city of Hambantota in Sri Lanka after intense lobbying.
The Commonwealth Games is predicted to deliver $2 billion in economic benefits to the Gold Coast and about 30,000 jobs in the next seven years.
They will be held from April 4 to April 15, 2018.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told the Sydney Morning Herald: “We’ve done a lot of hard work and it was very clear early in the week there was a lot of delegates who supported Hambantota and it would be a very, very close vote…The hard work has paid off.”
Sporting venues will be rejuvenated and improved leading up to the games. At the centre of the Gold Coast’s plan is the redevelopment of Parklands into a ‘Health and Knowledge’ precinct.
Hosting the Games is expected to cost Queensland and the Gold Coast $1.1 billion.