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Commonwealth Games Sees New Legislation

By 19 March 2014General Law

Changes to the Building Amendment Regulation No.1 (2014) in light of the Commonwealth Games

 Gold Coast to host 2018 Commonwealth Games…

Come 4 to 15 of April 2018, the Gold Coast  will be hosting the Commonwealth Games (formerly British Empire Games), an international multi-sport event participated by the Commonwealth of Nations. In preparation, the Queensland government has been making big plans, and some legislative amendments, in order to be prepared for 2018.

Part of the preparations for the games will be the development of a Commonwealth Games Village. The Village will host buildings and amenities to house athletes and guests. It is estimated that the government will spent over $500 million in infrastructure development, transportation and sports facilities to host around 60,000 interstate and another 60,000 international guests. This is in addition to around 6,500 participating athletes and officials.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the overall overseer of the Games. The Federation provides the guidelines and minimum requirements for the development of the Village located at Parklands, Gold Coast. The CGF sets certain minimum requirements for buildings constructed for the games, one such requirement is that the maximum occupancy number for a particular class of building be 14. However State legislation mandates that the maximum occupancy for that type of accommodation is 12 persons.

Necessarily, an amendment to the Building Regulation 2006 was initiated to pave the way to allow the Village to be built to CGF standards. The amendments are now in effect and will only apply to class 1b buildings n Lot 460 as per Survey Plan 222438 at Parklands. Essentially the change will not affect any other construction site or building in the State.

Other Legislative Changes for the Games

In 2013 the Commonwealth Games Arrangements (Brand Protection) Amendment Bill 2013 was proposed. It purpose was to protect and ensure community ownership of the Commonwealth Games to the greatest extent possible, whilst ensuring that images and references to the games are protected in order to ensure their value to sponsors.

The Bill essentially prevents the unauthorised use of certain images and references to the games for commercial or promotional use.

The Bill highlights that during the bidding period over 20 internet domain names were acquired by private operators for commercial gain that imply official links to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, prior to the games being awarded to the Gold Coast. The Bill also seeks to provide immediate relief and speedy remedies to matters arising.

Furthermore the bill provides for criminal and civil penalties for the unauthorised use of certain references and images for commercial or promotional gains, and for false conduct that infers and association with the Games. In addition it provides police the power to seize goods or advertising material that uses a protected reference or image in the period leading up to, and including the Games that are in and around the venues and key locations of the Games.

The Benefit 

The first Commonwealth Games (British Empire Games) was first held in 1930 in the city of Hamilton, Canada  and takes place every four years thereafter except in 1942 and 1946 when the games were officially cancelled. It will be the largest multi-sport event to be held in Australia within the decade. The government is expected to generate income of up to $2 billion and about 30,000 full time jobs created between 2015 and 2020.

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