Thursday at the international media centre kicked off with Queensland showcasing what we have to offer.

The main event, the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Celeste Skinner reports.


The world’s media was shown the Gold Coast’s plans for the Commonwealth Games, assuring all Queensland is ready to handle the event.

Jann Stuckey, State Tourism Minister: “The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that the Games are delivered on time and on budget.”

The Minister says Queensland has taken note of past mistakes hosting games and is determined not to repeat them.

There were concerns about the lack of a roof at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which caused major issues at the Pan Pacific Games earlier this year.

But media was assured there would be a roof in time for the games.

Nigel Chamier, OAM, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: “As you’d be aware, swimming is one of the most popular events we do have, we want to maximise opportunities and the roof will be temporary.”

There are currently 22 committees working to make ensure the impact of the event on locals is minimal.

The Commonwealth Games weren’t the only thing on display today.

Some furry and scaly creatures made an appearance, giving our international guests a close encounter with our wildlife.

Whilst there were multiple events at the International Media Centre today, it was the native wildlife that attracted the most attention.

Even Treasurer Joe Hockey paid a visit to cuddle a koala.

It wasn’t just the furry ones on show.

VOX POP 1: “Sorry, as a man, I’m afraid of snakes.”

VOX POP 2: “Another impression I got of Australian animals, they are very friendly.”

The star of the show, Ocka the Cockatoo, left everyone impressed.