Legacy Advisory Committee
The Legacy Advisory Committee advises on the development, implementation, and evaluation and monitoring of the Embracing 2018 program. Consideration is given to benefits for the state's business sector, maximising long-term community, sport and health benefits, and strengthening Queensland's standing as Australia's top tourism destination. The committee is made up of prominent Queenslanders who have extensive knowledge and experience to drive outcomes from Embracing our Games Legacy: Queensland’s legacy for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Meet the members
Rob Borbidge retired from the Queensland Parliament in 2001 after serving over 20 years as MP for Surfers Paradise. He was the 35th Premier of Queensland from 1996 to 1998. After leaving Parliament he became involved in a number of private and public companies and has a close association with Griffith University. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal, in 2004 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University, and in 2006 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
Professor Ian O’Connor is the Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University. He has led Griffith University’s major investments in, and the major growth of its Gold Coast Campus. Professor O’Connor is widely published in the field of juvenile justice, child welfare. During his academic career Professor O'Connor has held visiting fellowships at the United Nations and Asia Far East Institute, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Professor O'Connor has served as a consultant to, or as a member of, various government and non-government bodies. He served as Chair of the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group and as Chair of the Queensland Minister for Education’s taskforce on bullying and violence in schools, the Queensland Schools' Alliance Against Violence. Professor O’Connor is a board member of Universities Australia; the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; Open Universities Australia; and Trade and Investment Queensland.
Vicki Batten has been working in the field of disability for 35 years. She has been CEO of Freedom, Social Justice, Growth Australia (FSGA) for the past 12 years, she has qualifications in Social Sciences and Psychology, and is a qualified clinical counsellor. Vicki is a strong advocate for the community and has a passion for working within communities to bring together the strengths of all community members.
Julie McDonald represented Australia at two Olympics and two Commonwealth Games, winning an Olympic Bronze in 1988 in 800 m Freestyle as well as two Gold and two Silver Medals at the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games. In 2006 Julie was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to sport, the community, the Australian Olympic Drug Education Program and fundraising for charities.
Julie is on the board of two charities: Melanoma Patients Australia and the Queensland Olympic Council. Julie is the current President of the Queensland Olympians Club.
Andrew Baildon is a Dual Olympian and five-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist. Andrew owns and operates Superfish Leisure, which incorporates Superfish swim schools, cafes and Jetts fitness, and was an expert TV commentator at the 2000 Olympic Games. Andrew is also involved with GC2018 planning through his roles on Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation sub-boards as chair of the Athletes Advisory Committee and a member of the Sport and Technical Committee.
Cam Charlton is an experienced management consultant with more than 30 years as a chartered accountant and an accredited corporate advisor. Cam is a member of the Council of James Cook University and a former Chair of both Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Advance Cairns.
Cam was Chairman of Judges for the Queensland Tourism Awards from 2006 to 2009 and Chairman of Judges for the Australian Tourism Awards from 2010 to 2013.
Louise Bezzina, is the inaugural director and creator of Bleach* Festival, the largest arts and cultural Festival on the Gold Coast. Louise has produced and commissioned over 30 new contemporary site specific works as part of Bleach* Festival across all art forms and scales. In 2016 Louise was awarded Business Woman of the Year for Arts and Culture for the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards. In 2014, Bleach* Festival under Louise's direction co-produced and presented Opera on the Beach, in partnership with Opera Australia. This production was an Australian first. In her role as Artistic Director for Bleach* Festival, Louise is working closely with the Creative Lead Team for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Program, Festival 2018, where Bleach* will play a major role.
Prior to life on the Gold Coast, Louise was the Program Manager for the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, where Louise curated and produced the centre's annual program. She also held the position of Producer for Brisbane Festival, where she produced for 4 years and delivered a range of productions including 4 world premieres and numerous new commissions and large scale community events. During her time at Brisbane Festival, Louise produced the outdoor public programs and festivities for the opening of the Queensland Cultural Centre in 2006.
Louise also directed the successful Mackay Festival of Arts in 2004 and 2005 and during this time she was the Producer for the Queensland Music Festival to deliver large scale music events in Mackay.