Commonwealth Games

Athlete villages partly to blame for Commonwealth Game cost blowout

Nieve Walton
Updated August 19 2023 - 1:09pm, first published 11:50am

Limited options for housing athletes in Ballarat for the 2026 Commonwealth Games has been cited as a key cost blowout as the Victorian Government finished negotiations to pull out of their contract.

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Nieve Walton

Nieve Walton


Nieve covers federal and state politics for The Courier focusing on Ballarat, Wendouree, Eureka and Ripon electorates. She also covers Hepburn and Pyrenees shires. As a former dancer and art and theater enthusiast she would love to hear about your latest art exhibition or performance. You can send her an email at

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