WA Getting On With The Job

WA Getting On With The Job

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Planning Well Under Way For CHOGM 2011

Victor P Taffa

With a year to go, preparations are well under way for the biggest international event to be held in Perth for many years CHOGM 2011.

Premier Colin Barnett today provided an update on a whole range of negotiations taking place and announced the date of the Queen’s Birthday Holiday would move from October 3 to October 28 next year to minimise any potential disruption caused by hosting CHOGM 2011.

Premier Barnett said a number of major roads in the central business district (CBD), including St. Georges Terrace, were expected to be closed for security reasons for most, if not all, of Friday October 28, 2011.

“Given the extent of the potential disruption to the CBD, the Queen’s Birthday holiday will be moved to this date.” the Premier said.

 

“This will reduce commuter traffic to the CBD on a day when a number of roads are expected to be closed and when public transport may be affected.”

“However, it will still be business as usual for city shops during this time, with shopping malls in the Perth CBD open for people to enjoy public holiday trading.” Premier Barnett said.

The Premier said there had been widespread consultation on the public holiday date change and the reasons behind it.

“The State Government is mindful the date change could affect Royal Show attendance numbers so we are currently in negotiations with the Royal Agricultural Society to minimise any impact caused by the change to the public holiday date.” Premier Barnett said.

The Government is planning a number of artistic, cultural and sporting events to coincide with CHOGM 2011.

The Premier said a festival was being planned that would showcase Perth and provide opportunities for the people of Western Australia and delegates to participate in a celebration of the Commonwealth.

A People’s Space would also be established in the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge, designed to be an open, interactive area for the general public to participate in Commonwealth themed events and activities, such as concerts, displays, exhibitions and speeches.

CHOGM will run from October 28-30, 2011, culminating with a three-day conference of the heads of 53 Governments from around the world.

The Commonwealth Business Council will hold a meeting with more than 1,000 business delegates from around the world.

“CHOGM 2011 will attract more than 4,000 people to WA next year and our current estimates are that this will result in a direct economic impact of $42.5 Million additional expenditure in the State from visitor spending and spending by the Federal Government on venues, accommodation, security, dinners and receptions.” Premier Barnett said.

“This investment reinforces the significance of this event to WA. The State Government will continue to work to maximise benefits for local businesses and the community.

“The dates for CHOGM were only formally announced by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in May this year so I am pleased with the progress made in such a short time.” Premier Barnett said.