The countdown is on to the 2018 Commonwealth Games

IN JUST under four years one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas will hit Queensland shores.

The countdown is well and truly on towards the staging of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Premier Campbell Newman said on Friday the Queensland Government and Commonwealth Games partners had been working diligently to deliver the biggest sports event ever held on the Gold Coast and Australia's largest sporting event of the decade.

"The Commonwealth Games will generate up to 30,000 full-time equivalent jobs and contribute $2 billion to the economy," he said.

"Our aim is to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever and preparations are on-track to deliver world-class facilities for competing athletes."

Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the four-year milestone was an important step in the Commonwealth Games journey.

"The Commonwealth Games is certainly front-of-mind for many Queenslanders, with the final trials underway to select the team representing Australia in the Glasgow Games later this year," she said.

"Following the closing ceremony in Glasgow and the official flag handover the Games becomes ours and we are certainly well and truly on track to deliver a great event."

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the fifth time they have been held in Australia and the first time it has been staged in a regional city.

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