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VICTORIA 2026 TIMELINE

APRIL 2017

14th April- Greater Victoria 2030 Commonwealth Games bid is established by local councils headed by the Greater Shepparton Council with events also spread around the state in Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Nagambie, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Wodonga and Yarrawonga.

FEBRUARY 2021

13th February- Reports that the Greater Victoria 2030 Commonwealth Games bid has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

OCTOBER 2021

12th October- New Commonwealth Games Roadmap is introduced creating a more sustainable module for hosting Commonwealth Games'.

JANUARY 2022

19th January- Reports that Victoria may be considering a bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

FEBRUARY 2022

15th February- CGF enters exclusive dialogue with Victoria about staging the 2026 Commonwealth Games taking inspiration from the Greater Victoria 2030 proposal.

16th February- Victoria announces that they have signed a 'Heads of Agreement' to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Regional Victoria.

21st February- CGF CEO, Katie Sadleir vists Victoria for two weeks of discussions with the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Games Australia

22nd February- Andrew Abbott appointed to lead the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games submission.

MARCH 2022

14th March- Victoria 2026 delegation of Martin Pakula, Linda Dessau, Ben Houston and Craig Phillips visit Birmingham, England to meet with the CGF Executive Board to outline their vision for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

APRIL 2022

12th April- Victoria is officially awarded the 2026 Commonwealth Games. CGF President, Louise Martin makes the announcement at Eureka Stadium, Ballarat.

MAY 2022

3rd May- Victorian State Budget is handed down with $2.6 billion allocated for developing infrastructure for the 2026 Commonwealth Games between 2022 and 2026.

6th May- Shooting Australia organises working group in bid to add Shooting to Victoria 2026.

10th May- City of Greater Bendigo opens Expression of Interest for ideas for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

JUNE 2022

23rd June- Jeroen Weimar appointed CEO of 2026 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee

27th June- State Member for Bendigo East and Victorian Deputy Premier, Jacinta Allen is appointed and sworn in as Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery.

JULY 2022

4th July- City of Greater Geelong opens Expression of Interest for ideas for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

6th July- Dates for Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games are announced with the Games being held between 17-29 March.

6th July- Expression of Interests for additional sports to be included in the Victoria 2026 program is announced and opened.

6th July- Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane is announced as Minister for Commonwealth Games Legacy

6th July- AusCycling announces pitch for more Cycling disciplines at Victoria 2026.

6th July- Ballarat Council announces formal pitch to host Rowing at Victoria 2026.

7th July- Bendigo Bowls Club is announced as the venue for Lawn Bowls and Bendigo Stadium announced as venue for Netball at Victoria 2026.

7th July- Water Polo Australia reveals they are working on a bid for the sport to be included at Victoria 2026.

8th July- Selkirk Stadium, Ballarat is announced as the venue for Boxing at Victoria 2026.

13th July- Ballarat Council announces formal pitch to host the Marathon at Victoria 2026.

13th July- Stead Park, Geelong is announces as the venue for Hockey at Victoria 2026.

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3 minutes ago, Gonzo said:

What an embarrassing waste of money

#VoteDanOut

You seen the polls? Zero chance of Dan being voted out. The LNP are unelectable in Victoria.

 

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5 hours ago, Gonzo said:

What an embarrassing waste of money

#VoteDanOut

Well November will determine a result one way or the other. Both parties are highly supportive of these Games, their only point of difference being that the ALP support the opening ceremony being at the G, where as the LNP would shift it to Geelong. :rolleyes:

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9 hours ago, Gonzo said:

What an embarrassing waste of money

#VoteDanOut

Nope.

Both Labor and Liveral parties support  these Regional Games.  Dan have a on track to win again so your campaign ain’t going anywhere.

Regional Victoria are the big winners from this innovative Regional model.

It will create more jobs and promote tourism and all the amazing places and people in Regional Victoria.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Gonzo said:

What an embarrassing waste of money

 

Nope.

Both Labor and Liveral parties support  these Regional Games.  Dan is on track to win again so your campaign ain’t going anywhere.

Regional Victoria are the big winners from this innovative Regional model.

It will create more jobs and promote tourism and all the amazing places and people in Regional Victoria.

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I know that it's been discussed a couple of time about converting Sebastopol's velodrome into an international standard facility. Personally I can't see it being able to be converted. It would need to be bulldozed and a new wooden track built under a large weatherproof canopy with enough room under the canopy to accommodate temporary seating for 5000 perhaps, which would be the cheapest solution.

As the images below illustrate, the existing velodrome is concrete and about 50 years old.

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17 hours ago, Victorian said:

 

 

Don't they pretty much sell themselves??? It's very close to Melbourne and the area features Hanging Rock, the picturesque townships of Woodend, Gisborne, some beautiful green countryside (although it will be pretty dry by then) and hopefully not to put a curse on it, that we won't have a bushfire around it in the mean time. 

Below: Hanging Rock

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23 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

 Likely to also include a creative / performing team as well for the hand-over segment in the Closing Ceremony.

Will there even be a proper performance? I doubt that ~4 months is enough to organize something, and even then the priority would be to set up the organizing committee and stuff... we'll probably only see a promotional video like what Gangwon 2024 did at Lausanne's closing

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17 minutes ago, Bear said:

Will there even be a proper performance? I doubt that ~4 months is enough to organize something, and even then the priority would be to set up the organizing committee and stuff... we'll probably only see a promotional video like what Gangwon 2024 did at Lausanne's closing

Well there wan't a lot to the handover at Manchester 2002. It was a pretty simple affair, a box done up to look like a parcel, Vanessa Amorosi and some dancers, jazzed up by some projected slide images and footage of Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road. It really doesn't have to be that much because there will be plenty of advertising over the next four years. 

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