PARKLANDS PROJECT UPDATE

The redevelopment of Parklands is one of the most significant urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast.

The $550 million master planned development features 1,252 dwellings with a mix of apartments, townhouses and a 5,840m2 retail precinct spaces built around a ‘Village Heart’.  It is strategically located on prime Gold Coast real estate only three kilometres from the Southport CBD and five kilometres from Surfers Paradise.

In late 2017 Parklands Project will be leased to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to be transformed into the Commonwealth Games Village during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Post games the site will be prepared for the residential community including 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 3 bedroom townhouses that will become available to the public for rent from early 2019.

GCSC in conjunction with Grocon, Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), Yourtown and the Department of Education and Training (DET) has commenced delivering a number training programs to attract and develop passionate and committed new trainees and apprentices; including indigenous recruits who can be employed by the site’s subcontractors.

The nature of the site has given GCSC the opportunity to provide its students with a number of real life projects including the construction of GCSC’s outdoor training facility and a number of large scale planter boxes to be used during the Commonwealth Games.

GCSC has continued to deliver successful employment outcomes through its Trade Start program by being able to expose participants to a wide range of trades through Structured Workplace Learning.

Highlighting the opportunities the program can provide for people of all ages and backgrounds are two of our recent participants (pictured), Shaun Henry and Bridgette Starr. After completing the program, Shaun went on to gain and apprenticeship in carpentry with a local Gold Coast builder whilst Bridgett was able to put aside many misconceptions in the industry about women in construction and thrive during her time onsite, earning praise and respect from many subcontractors. Bridgette is now in the final stages of being considered for a position with the Gold Coast City Council as an apprentice Carpenter.

Both Shaun and Bridgette as well as many other graduates of our programs have gone on to gain a career of their choice as a direct result of undertaking their training at Parklands.