QUEENSLAND state Premier Anna Bligh has made an impassioned speech urging the Commonwealth Games' top brass to award the 2018 edition to Australia's Gold Coast. Anna is in New Delhi to pitch the famous tourist playground's credentials to the Commonwealth's 71 members as it battles against the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota.
"The Commonwealth Games has the capacity to transform the cities that it is held in and we want this to be a transforming experience for the Gold Coast -- one of Australia's fastest growing cities," she said in a presentation late on Saturday.
"We think the Games are very important to taking the Gold Coast to the next stage of its development."
The Commonwealth Games has been held in Australia four times previously -- in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, and most recently in Melbourne in 2006.
Formal documents are expected to submitted in March, with the winning city announced at the end of next year. -- AFP