CGF President Louise Martin (centre) urged politicians not to exploit the Games in the build-up to a state election ©ITG

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin urged politicians not to exploit Gold Coast 2018 for their own gains, as preparations for the multi-sport event were declared to be in “great shape” at the close of the Coordination Commission visit.

Chaired by Canada's Bruce Robertson, the Commission focused on several key issues for the Games during their four-day visit including the budget, governance and security.

With a state election expected to take place in the build-up to the event, Martin warned that the Games “are not about politics” and urged for there to be cross-party support.

“Gold Coast’s bid to host the Games promised cross-party support across all areas of local, state and federal governments to realise the ambitions of the Games for all Australians,” said Martin, who was visiting Gold Coast for the first time as CGF President.

“This means a commitment not to exploit the Games opportunities or issues for personal or political gain, which is something I want all of us to keep in mind with a state election on the horizon.

“Let us leave the point scoring to the athletes, they will do a superb job of that.”

Transport and Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe sought to ease Martin’s concerns, reflecting that there was a strong level of support across the State of Queensland.

“I have had conversations in only the last few days with my Shadow Minister John-Paul Langbroek about the importance of bi-partisanship and our total commitment as a state to the support of a great Games.

“He has reassured me of that and we have had warm and strong conversations."

Gold Coast 2018 was claimed to be
Gold Coast 2018 was claimed to be "on time, on track and on budget" by the Coordination Commission ©ITG

Feedback from the sixth Coordination Commission meeting was overwhelming positive, with the operational plans for the Games deemed to be progressing well.

This included work outside to Gold Coast, including the Anna Meares Velodrome and Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane, as well as the basketball venues in Townsville and Cairns.

Gold Coast 2018 were also commended on their clear vision to ensure a maximum return on investment and vow to deliver a unique experience for athletes and spectators at the Games.

“We are now entering the last crucial 15 months of preparation and I am confident that plans are shaping up for a great Games – not just for the athletes but for the whole community,” said Roberston, CGF vice-president.

“We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on how, from our perspective, a great Games isn’t just 11 days of spectacular, global, unforgettable sport.

“It is about worldwide recognition and respect for the Gold Coast and Queensland, driving jobs and economic growth, engaging communities right across Australia and delivering on promises of greater reconciliation and social justice.”

Transport continues to be viewed as the biggest challenge for organisers with Gold Coast 2018 urging the city’s population to engage with their recently released transport plan over the next three months.

It is hoped the plan will help make the city less dependent on cars with the public instead using park and ride schemes, light rail, and buses to ensure the Games runs effectively.