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The ‘Games Effect’

Hailed as Australia’s largest sporting event this decade, the Commonwealth Games were destined to shine the spotlight on the myriad attributes of the region and broader Queensland. A recent Griffith University study suggests the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which cost more than $2 billion to stage, will deliver Queensland a $4 billion economic windfall. The 68-page report, co-authored by five academics specialising in tourism, accounting and finance, forecasts “the state and the country will benefit for years to

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Forecast is pure gold

Australia’s leading demographer and KPMG Partner Bernard Salt recently released the landmark Beyond the Horizon study into the 50-year future of the Gold Coast. The sixth largest city on the Australian continent was non-existent at the time of the 1954 Census and is today a metropolis of more than 600,000 residents. The Gold Coast was founded by a people of enterprise and of energy. That free-enterprise culture is still evident today: Gold Coasters are more likely than the residents of any of Australia’s largest cities to be

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