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Aussie Fed Eyes Move To Gold Coast

Jan 25, 2013

Swimming Australia is in negotiations with local authorities to relocate from Canberra to the Gold Coast before the region stages the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Talks have been held with local authorities, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin

While discussions proceed with the Gold Coast City Council, Swimming Australia is also in talks with Melbourne and Sydney. The newspaper noted the importance of the sports industry to the Gold Coast: worth $579 million to the local economy, 2886 people were directly employed in sport.

Swimming Australia interim CEO Jeremy Turner told the Bulletin that the Gold Coast was "a very attractive proposition and ideally the company would like to build a purpose-built facility adjacent to the Southport Aquatic Centre which will undergo a $40 million facelift next month in time for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships".

Anyone who has ever visited the Southport School and the radius of swim paradise thereabouts will understand why the federation would place the area on its wish list of places to base itself as it faces the challenges current and to come.