The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Gaelle Broad has raised concerns in State Parliament
about the lack of detail surrounding projects for the Commonwealth Games in the State Budget.
“I have asked the Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery to provide comprehensive details of
funding and timelines for the Commonwealth Games infrastructure promised for Bendigo.”
“One of the Government’s key promises was an athlete’s village to be built in Flora Hill, that will
house up to 1600 people during the Games. Afterwards it will provide much needed affordable
housing in the city.”
“There are around 400 homeless people in Bendigo, and another 3000 on the waiting list for social
housing. The legacy of the athlete’s village as low-cost accommodation will provide a significant
boost to the region.
“In the lead up to the last election, the Minister also promised Bendigo Showgrounds would be
transformed for the Games, so the venue could host track cycling and table tennis and their parasport counterparts,” Ms Broad said.
“The purpose of hosting the Commonwealth Games in regional areas was to build long term
infrastructure that will leave a legacy.”
Ms Broad said she was also concerned by the fact that only $2 million had been allocated towards
the Bendigo Art Gallery redevelopment.
“The remaining $19 million that is required to complete the work does not appear until the 2026-27
“This will be too late for the Games, despite Labor promising that the Commonwealth Games would
showcase regional Victoria.
“Council needs certainty of funding so they can start the process to deliver these projects. As well as
the technical planning that’s involved, they also need to source key staff and materials.
“I am very concerned about the lack of detail provided in the State Budget.”
“A lot is riding on these projects, and with the Games less than three years away, it is imperative
that the Minister provides further details.”
“Labor promised they would deliver the Commonwealth Games in Victoria and we need to make sure
they do that to ensure our regions shine,” Ms Broad said.
Photo caption: Bendigo is set to host Commonwealth Games events in 2026 but more detail is needed.
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