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12 MAY - COUNCIL'S OWN GAMES TEAM IS GOING FOR GOLD

As the countdown continues to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Council's own Games team is going for gold.

The 2018 Readiness Reference Group, chaired by Cr Michael Enright and comprising community representatives from across the region, has been meeting monthly to ensure the Scenic Rim capitalises on the golden opportunities presented by the Games.

Cr Enright said wide-ranging social as well as economic benefits would flow from the staging of the largest multi-sport event in Australia in a decade on the Scenic Rim's doorstep.

"The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will showcase the Scenic Rim to the world and Council's 2018 Readiness Reference Group aims to make the most of that opportunity," he said.

Formed in November last year, the Readiness Reference Group's members have been drawn from the Scenic Rim's sporting, community and business groups.

Readiness Reference Group members are: Joy Drescher (Beaudesert), Joy Young (Kalbar), Andy Fechner (Beaudesert), Aria Ferguson (Tamborine Mountain), Peter Harris (Tamborine Mountain), John Flanagan (Tamborine Mountain), Eva Judge (Boonah), Louise Dwyer (Beaudesert) and Heather Lindsay (Canungra).

"These members provide a link between Council and their communities so that Scenic Rim residents have an opportunity to contribute their ideas to the celebration of the Games and the promotion of the Scenic Rim on the international stage," Cr Enright said.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen congratulated the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce for being quick off the mark in launching its Commonwealth Communities project to celebrate the Games and help promote local business.

The Commonwealth Communities promotional 'passports' were tabled at this month's Readiness Reference Group meeting which also considered accommodation options to bring Games visitors to the Scenic Rim and the need for public transport arrangements during the Games.

"Our goal is to ensure a coordinated approach that will provide the highest visibility for our region, maximise opportunities and ensure a lasting legacy from the Games for the Scenic Rim," Cr Christensen said.

Caption: Members of Council's Readiness Reference Group (from left) Joy Drescher,  Heather Lindsay, Cr Michael Enright (Chair), Council's Coordinator Cultural
Services Bronwyn Davies and Peter Harris discuss initiatives to celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, including Tamborine Mountain's Commonwealth Communities passport.