Regional Victorian Commonwealth Games taskforce comes to Ballarat

Ballarat took the first steps towards cementing its involvement with a regional Victorian Commonwealth Games push after the City of Ballarat mayor and chief executive met with taskforce organisers on Thursday morning.  

Leading the charge: Regional Victoria Commonwealth Games 2030 chairman Adem Karafili with former athlete John Steffenson at the Ballarat Town Hall on Thursday.  Picture: Brendan Wrigley.

Leading the charge: Regional Victoria Commonwealth Games 2030 chairman Adem Karafili with former athlete John Steffenson at the Ballarat Town Hall on Thursday. Picture: Brendan Wrigley.

Speaking to The Courier on Wednesday, mayor Samantha Mclntosh said she hoped Ballarat’s elite facilities such as Eureka Stadium and Lake Wendouree would be used should the bid get the green light.  

The meeting comes after four more councils from Wangaratta, Portland, Swan Hill and Horsham all expressed their interest in becoming involved in the bid.   

Taskforce chair Adem Karafili there was already a level of healthy competition between councils for hosting rights.  

“At this point we’re asking everyone to put their best foot forward because that’s going to be a key part of the feasibility study.”  

A meeting with representatives of all regional councils in the state will take place in Shepparton in a fortnight, with a further taskforce meeting set to be held in Ballarat later in May.