There is not a day that goes by when I am not amazed at how quickly things move in Commonwealth Games land.

It seems like just weeks ago we were poring over pencil drawings of how the Commonwealth Games Village will look come Games-time.

And as I write, the drawings are coming to life, with 137,000 pieces of furniture, fixtures and other equipment moving into the Village, making it a true ‘home away from home’ for our 6,600 athletes and team officials.

But it doesn’t just stop there. You may have also seen some activity at the GC2018 Optus Aquatic Centre in Southport with work commencing on transforming the wonderful facility into a 12,000-seat temporary stadium.

Seeing these works and those currently going on at Carrara Stadium and every other Games venue across Queensland shows that GC2018 is becoming very real, and in typical GOLDOC style, on time and on budget.

At the end of the day, the Games are about the athletes and the sport and that’s where our main focus is right now.

From the very earliest days, of the 2011 bid, we said GC2018 will be the athlete’s Games – a Games where they can come and have every opportunity to perform at their very best whilst having the time of their sporting and personal lives.

Seven years later we are true to our promise, providing an Athlete’s Village like no other and incredible sporting venues second-to-none.

And because of this, the world’s elite are coming.

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 05: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie talks to media during the 2018 Commonwealth Games ‘One Year To Go’ World Press Briefing on April 5, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. Yesterday marked one year to go until the opening ceremony for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

In athletics, spectators will see visiting superstars such as Canadian Andre De Grasse, South African Olympic, World Champion and Commonwealth Champions Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga and kiwi royalty Dame Valerie Adams and Tomas Walsh are even crossing the ditch.

But it doesn’t stop at athletics. Other first-class international athletes hitting our shores this April include English superstars Max Whitlock (Gymnastics), Tom Daley (Diving), Isle of Man’s cycling superstar Mark Cavendish and Bermudian World Champion for triathlon Flora Duffy.

These are just the highlights, with many, many more boarding the plane to Australia and many, many more to be named over the coming weeks.

These athletes will also prove a great test for our Aussie athletes and for these heroes to contest their worth in front of a home-crowd and on home turf.

The Commonwealth Games Australia team list is growing each day with Games Ambassadors Kurt Fearnley, Laura Geitz and Sally Pearson all making their appearances in their respective sports.

Commonwealth Games medallists Laetisha Scanlan (shooting), Matthew Glaetzer (Cycling) Cameron Pilley (Squash), Melissa Tapper (Table Tennis), Domonic Bedggood (Diving) and so many more will also be lining up at the start lines.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12: Melissa Wu of Australia poses after competing in the FINA Gold Coast Diving Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on November 12, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australian diver Melissa Wu recently announced her Commonwealth Games selection via Exclusive Insight. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

This world-class list just shows we have left nothing to chance in making sure that our special guests have everything they need to not only perform at their best, but to experience a Games they will never forget amid an excitement they’ve never felt before.

Queensland has its mojo back.

The recently-released Suncorp CCIQ Pulse survey confirmed as much, reporting optimism has returned for the first time in four years.

The quarterly survey pinpointed GC2018, political stability from a majority government and strong commodity prices as the reason for the mood swing.

Here on the Gold Coast it’s everywhere from the commercial and residential construction going on, the vibrant tourism sector, the coffee culture, our diversity and the economic opportunities are all coming off the back of GC2018.

The local arts industry is also riding a huge wave right now, with the recently-completed Home of the Arts (HOTA) outdoor amphitheatre at Bundall allowing local and visiting performing artists to show their talents like never before.

Our Festival 2018 – a major artistic injection presented in this city as a partnership between GOLDOC and the City of Gold Coast – also continues to grow.

From an enormous moon sculpture to giant sea urchins, abstract art and local artists and bands, there are over 1,000 activations on offer that everyone can discover for free.

Indeed, as we put the final touches to the largest international event in Australia in a decade and with so much activity happening all around us, it’s not too early to look forward to the many future benefits that the Games will bring to the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia.

Confidence breeds confidence and the relative youth of our city means that sensible and well-considered investment is met with the enthusiasm of a community ready to grow and step out into the world.

GC2018 has been a big part of this confidence-building for the past seven years and it is just so important that we plan ahead to ensure the momentum continues long after the Closing Ceremony.

We can all be a part of that through being positive, supportive of progress and simply ‘giving it a go’.

In just no time, you’ll see it in the faces of each and every one of our 15,000 excited Games Shapers and avid spectators, who all can’t wait for the world to arrive and for the action to begin.

Already they opitimise everything great about this wonderful city and the great days ahead.

So, let’s join with them and Share the Dream.