Thursday, April 13, 2017
Strathbogie Shire Council is thrilled with the news that Greater Shepparton City Council has put a bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games to be held across 11 regional cities, including Nagambie.
Dubbed as the inaugural Greater Victoria 'People's Games', the 2030 Games could see the rowing events take place on Lake Nagambie.
Other regional areas include Bendigo, Ballarat, Traralgon, Geelong, Warrnambool, Wodonga, Mt Buller, Yarrawonga and Shepparton.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said she was very pleased to see Nagambie was chosen to be the rowing location for the 2030 Games.
"The Regatta Centre at Lake Nagambie is fast becoming a venue of choice for competitions of a local, national and international standard," she said.
"If this bid is successful, we look forward to working closely with the State Government and event organisers to ensure the lake is in pristine condition for an international competition like the 2030 Commonwealth Games."
According to Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem, the People's Games would "form the blueprint for future major sporting events, given the cost required and infrastructure needed to hold global competitions like the Commowealth Games."
"Staging a ground-breaking concept such as this across regional cities and towns will leave a legacy for millions of people like we have never seen before. The economic and social impact will be so significant."
As part of the bid concept, Greater Shepparton is proposing up to three test events for the Games, including cricket, softball and/or beach volleyball in Mildura and BMX in Shepparton, on top of the traditional sports such as swimming, athletics, hockey, boxing, weightlifting and more.
"Under this top-line schedule, we envisage that the focus for proposed competition venues will be on significant upgrades to existing infrastructure to ensure Commonwealth Games regulations are met rather than building brand new facilities across the board at large expense.
"Naturally, we do envisage that some temporary infrastructure will be required to house athletes and Games activities as part of a satellite approach."
Under the proposal, Melbourne International Airport will be the gateway to the state, however, Mangalore Airport in the Strathbogie Shire, as well as Avalon, Mildura and Albury airports, would be central to this proposal.
With a linkage between Mangalore and Tocumwal on the cards, as part of a bigger link between the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane, the potential to introduce international air freight from Mangalore is quite significant for the Strathbogie Shire.
A 13-person taskforce has been appointed to commence stage one of the work in exploring the possibility of a regional Games bid, with exactly 3000 days to go until a formal bid is lodged.
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