|Nigel Chamier OAM- Chairman, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation|
|Profile of the week|
Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:32
Nigel Chamier is the Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.
Nigel is also Executive Chairman of NAC Investments Pty Ltd.
He has extensive experience in the financial, property and development sectors. Over the past 40 years Mr Chamier has helped to shape some of Queensland’s biggest projects including the $215 million dollar restoration of City Hall, the Central Plaza project, the Riverside Centre, South Bank and the redevelopment of the Ipswich Central Business District.
Mr Chamier is also the Honorary Consul for Sweden and was awarded the Polar Star in 2008.
What plans do you have in place to take the Games forward?
We are committed and passionate about delivering a great Games in 2018 and much has happened since the announcement of our host city status last November. The Bid Book established great planning foundations for the Corporation and the Games and we have achieved some significant milestones thus far. These include, the establishment of the Games Corporation, appointment of a Board, Games Chief Executive Officer and three senior Executives to lead the key functional areas of the Corporation. We have a steadily increasing workforce and have moved into permanent offices in the heart of the city where work will continue to finalise plans for the sports programme, venues, the Games Village, marketing, transport and workforce planning, to name a few key areas.
How big a boost to the country is it to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games after Australia missed out on the 2022 World Cup?
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the largest event this country will see for at least a decade so it’s very exciting. The impact financially is estimated to be in the vicinity of $2.1billion (AUS$2billion), but there is so much in the promotion of Australia and the wonders of this country that is invaluable. The Gold Coast is an exciting and diverse destination and the exposure to the international audience will undoubtedly contribute broadly to its appeal to tourists and potentially businesses and investors from all over the world. Hosting an event of the magnitude of the Commonwealth Games also brings with it a ‘feelgood’ factor for the city and the Gold Coast is no exception. The city’s residents and Australians are incredibly excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to welcome and showcase their city to the world.
The Commonwealth Games in 2018 will be the first major sporting event to be held in Australia since the 2006 Commonwealth Games. How much can Gold Coast 2018 learn from Melbourne 2006?
Melbourne staged a wonderful event in 2006 and has already shared with us many of their experiences and plans. We are also fortunate that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) ‘banks’ the knowledge from all events and provides host cities with extensive planning and guiding documentation. This detail, together with regular communication with key personnel involved in other Games including Glasgow 2014 and drawing on the experience of many industry experts in Australia will contribute to meticulous planning and ultimately the successful delivery of the Games in 2018.
Sports tourism is a large reason for bidding for games of such magnitude, do you think significant investment can come from the 2018 games?
Sport tourism is a significant economic driver on the Gold Coast with several international events already staged here including the Gold Coast Marathon, Quicksilver Surf Pro and the Magic Millions Racing Carnival. Hosting a Games will reinforce the destinations capabilities to host major events and showcase the city and its diverse attributes and potential investment opportunities to a broad audience around the world.
The recently appointed Gold Coast City Mayor, Councilor Tom Tate is already talking about infrastructure investment in a cruise shipping terminal, additional casinos and a world standard arts and cultural precinct.
The Gold Coast rail system is under construction. Linking all the venues may be problematic, and London 2012 managed to overcome transport problems, are you confident the same can be done for Gold Coast?
During the bid process that was reflected in our Bid Book transport and traffic management was a major feature. The CGF Evaluation Commission shared our confidence in a smooth running transport system for the Games.