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The Construction Sector Digs Deep for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Queensland’s construction industry is the 3rd largest employer in the state, employing nearly 220,000 people and accounting for 11% of the economy. In the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games hosted on the Gold Coast, the construction sector has boomed! Engineering construction (i.e. roads, rail and other infrastructure) is vital to the success of the 2018 Commonwealth Games; accounting for 63% of the state’s current construction contribution. The residential building sector and their various projects (including the athletes’ village and other housing) accounts for 14% of current work.


Construction of new infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games relies heavily on the Queensland construction industry. More than 1000 workers will be needed for the construction of the sports and community infrastructure and 1500 for the construction of the Games village (costing $550 Million), as well as for the redevelopment of the 29-hectare Parklands site alone. 

In addition, the 2018 Commonwealth Games is acting as a driver for the local real estate industry with new developments along the Pimpama to Coomera corridor. These new residential developments further increase the demand for the construction industry, requiring large fleets of earth moving machines and workers onsite.

Let’s take a look at some of the massive construction projects that are being undertaken on the Gold Coast, ahead of the Games.


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Construction Highlights for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Firstly, the $420 Million extension to the light rail tram system is on track with more than 585,000 tonnes of earth already being moved. Site preparation along the 7.3 kilometre corridor from the existing Helensvale train station to the Gold Coast University Hospital is advancing rapidly; two bridges are already under construction and the first tracks will be laid in the next few months.

The revamped Parkland site will provide accommodation for more than 6500 athletes and officials, with more than 1200 permanent apartments being built (which will be sold off after the Games), not forgetting the new onsite retail district. Rock cutting adjacent to the site of the future Parkwood East train station is progressing well with 36,000 tonnes of material already removed. Construction of the new train station will commence in the coming months.

Construction of the $122 Million Carrara Sports Precinct is already well underway. The precinct will act as the formal centerpiece for the Commonwealth Games and is the largest venue infrastructure project for the Games. This will be the hub for the elite and high performance sports competition and major events.

On top of all of the additional construction for the 2018 Games, the Gold Coast Council also have their own road construction requirements, such as the expansion of Olsen Avenue through to the Southport-Nerang Road to 6 lanes (costing $104 Million).

With just over a year to go until the opening ceremony, all construction for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is expected to finish on time. More than 10,000 workers will have played a role in the construction of the supporting infrastructure, accommodation and venues for the Games. The Gold Coast hopes to generate more than $2 Billion and 30,000 full time equivalent jobs from the Games.

With more than 90% of all construction contracts for the 2018 Commonwealth Games being secured by businesses in South East Queensland, and with the scheduled Gold Coast Council road upgrades in the mix, the construction industry relies on a consistent supply of large construction machines and earth moving equipment to get the job done. The power provided by these steel powerhouses is undeniably valuable.

At RDW we exceed expectations across our four business units, to provide quality customer service, coupled with specialist advice and industry knowledge, providing power to your project. We are one of the leading suppliers of heavy duty earthmoving and construction machinery to construction companies in Queensland, many of which are actively working on the 2018 Commonwealth Games infrastructure projects.

We have an extensive range of used and new dozers, excavators, dump trucks, rock breakers, track loaders and water trucks, just to a name a few of our quality machines. We also have a ready supply of parts and attachments on hand, readily available no matter what your requirements.

If you have a big project coming up but don’t quite have the power or machinery to take it to completion, contact our specialists today to find out we can help see your project to fruition. We have everything you need, from machinery to parts and servicing, to get your project underway.