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As I said above, nothing new in this, this letter to the newspaper is just a motherhood statement re-enforcing and summarising what is essentially in this document, posted previously by "Victorian": https://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-07/Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games legacy opportunities for Ballarat.pdf 

Extract from Ballarat Courier: Letter from the Mayor - Saturday 23rd July 2022

CR DANIEL MOLONEY What will be the lasting legacy of Games? How will we look back on the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games in Ballarat? What will the enduring legacy be for our city? Hosting Victoria 2026 events here in just under four years time is exciting to contemplate - but it's what happens after those 12 amazing days of competition that will be just as much the measure of success for these Games.

It's vital we're the local voice that works to positively influence the transformational investment in our city that will come with Victoria 2026. Because, make no mistake, the Commonwealth Games in Ballarat represents a once in a generation opportunity to create a legacy of tangible and enduring benefits for our community. It means the potential to deliver a range of positive outcomes for our city that go well beyond elite sport and the exhilaration of a big event. I'm talking about legacy investment in housing, transport, our community spaces and tourism assets, and in local sporting infrastructure. And it's for this reason that ever since our city was announced as one of four regional hubs, the City of Ballarat has worked in partnership with the Victorian government, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and the Office of the Commonwealth Games to prepare for the Games.

Victorian government investment needed to stage the Games will accelerate the delivery of essential infrastructure already identified in multiple master plans and strategies adopted by our council, in turn delivering on multiple council and community priorities and bringing benefits across the municipality and the region. This is an opportunity to bring forward important work to support our growing city that might otherwise have taken five, 10 or 20 years to be funded and built.

For instance, our status as a regional hub means Ballarat will host one of four athlete's villages, which may have capacity to accommodate up to 2000 athletes, officials and support staff for the Games. Longer term, the accommodation could create a legacy of social and affordable housing options. Earlier this year in Ballarat, 2550 people were waiting for social housing and about 200 people were sleeping rough, while the rental vacancy rate stood at 1.4 per cent. Long-term, the investment in an athlete's hub has the potential to make a major impact on an area of acute need in our community.

Transport investment could see works at the Ballarat Railway Station to make it fully accessible and Disability Discrimination Act compliant and development of a new forecourt would make the area safer and expand capacity at the station during major events. Other potential transport works could include construction of a third railway station near the Major Events Precinct, duplication of Creswick Road, improvements to walking and cycling connections between the Ballarat central business district and Mars Stadium, and upgrades to the Ballarat Airport.

Sporting infrastructure upgrades could include an additional grandstand at Mars Stadium - creating a permanent capacity of 20,000 people and the ability to attract larger scale events to Ballarat. Investment in Ballarat's visitor economy could see the establishment of a live site in the CBD to broadcast Games events and provide an ongoing outdoor meeting place in the CBD.

As the organising committee's planning for Victoria 2026 gathers pace, it makes sense for council to work with the Victorian government to help ensure the best outcome for Ballarat and the region. By drawing on council's local expertise and strategic work already completed - including extensive local community engagement - we can create a legacy of transformational community infrastructure that will benefit the Ballarat community for generations. Then there are the Games events.

Victoria 2026 will be the largest major sporting event ever staged here - boxing, T20 cricket and the marquee athletics and para-athletics events will be unlike anything this sport loving city has ever seen. Bids have also been made to host rowing as a special event at Lake Wendouree, mountain biking at the Creswick Trails and to run the marathon in Ballarat's historic tree-lined streets. Big events, big names and big crowds. Regional, national and international visitors.

A chance to profile Ballarat and our region on the world stage. It's an incredible prospect for a growing regional city, and in decades to come, there is no doubt the drama and excitement of the Commonwealth Games in Ballarat will be fondly remembered. Well-planned investment in transport, housing, sporting infrastructure and our visitor economy will make sure the positive impacts from the Games are felt across our city and region long after the last race has been won.

Cr Daniel Moloney, Mayor of Ballarat 

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Shooting. The abandonment of shooting at Birmingham 2022 and the fact that it hasn't been nominated yet as one of the sports for the 2026 Games seems to have a real whiff of wokeness about it. Competition shooting is a serious skill and it takes a hell of a lot of practice and discipline to perfect. It would be sad to see it being side lined because people can't differentiate elite level competition shooting and the skilled competition shooters from those nutbags going around committing gun massacres in the US. I'd hate to think that this is the motivating reason why shooting seems to have fallen out of favour.

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2 minutes ago, RooBlu said:

The Victoria Handover Ceremony will occur during the Closing Ceremony which will be broadcast in Australia from 5:00 am AEST Tuesday 9 August.

Is there any live sites in Victoria for the handover ceremony?

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3 hours ago, Victorian said:

Is there any live sites in Victoria for the handover ceremony?

At probably around 6-7 in the morning I'd be probably brave enough to maybe suggest Fed Square. But God you'd have to be hardcore for that. :rolleyes: 

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11:54
 11 hours ago
Duncan Mackay
at the Grand Hotel in Birmingham

Jeroen Weimar gave an impressive precis of the early preparations of Victoria 2026. He was appointed to the role of chief executive only a month ago having stood down In April as commander of the Australian state's COVID-19 response, a position he had taken up in July 2020.

He had previously held senior positions at VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria and previous to that worked in logistics in his native UK, including leading a scheme to improve performance on the Docklands Light Railway in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

It has been reported that Weimar is being paid an annual salary AUD500,000. On this early performance, he certainly appears worth the money. 

Jerome+Weimar.webp
    

Weimar expects "three or four" additional sports at Victoria 2026

Weimar reveals the Organising Committee has invited all International Federations to put nominations forward, submitting a formal expression of interest by August 19.

It is in conversation with "a number" of those.

A review panel featuring the Organising Committee, Victoria and the CGF is set to consider those applications at the end of August.

A formal recommendation is to be made to the CGF by the end of September, under the planned timeline.

He expects three or four additional sports to be added to the programme.

Our story yesterday covered shooting's bid to return to the Games, after its controversial absence from Birmingham 2022.

 

Weimar is stressing the diversity of Victoria.

According to Victoria 2026, people from more than 200 countries now call Victoria "home".

It claims that 48.2 per cent of peope in Australia have at least one parent that was born overseas, with 27.6 per cent of people in the country saying they were born overseas.

 

Weimar discusses First Nation participation in Victoria 2026, and says the Organising Committee is proud to be working with First Nation partners, and "really keen" to use the Games as a step to "reconciliation and treaty".

He says that providing lasting legacies for First Nation groups is an important part of Victoria 2026's plans.

 

 

Weimar provides details on the regional plan to stage the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Four regional hubs are to be used, which he says will "evolve" the multi-Athletes' Village system in place here at Birmingham 2022.

He believes this could provide a model for other countries hoping to stage the Commonwealth Games to follow.

"A complex programme," he acknowledges.

"Four very separate hubs running very separate programmes"

However, Weimar insists the regional model "gives opportunity to engage communities far more deeply," and will be more inclusive for athletes and spectators.

Placing an Athletes' Village in each hub within 45 minutes' travel time from venues is among the plans to deliver an "athlete-centred Games".

These Villages form part of a plan for affordable and accessible housing.

 

It was a tortuous process for the CGF to find a host for its Games in 2026. The decision was due to be announced in 2019 but was then put back only for COVID-19 to hit and disrupt plans. Several countries were touted as potential hosts, including India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Canada before a deal was struck with the Victorian Government to stage them.

It will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games, including Melbourne in 2006. Unlike that event, however, the 2026 event will be staged across the state in a number of venues. 

Read our story from April about Victoria being announced as the 2026 hosts and some of its plans here

 

 

eroen Weimar, chief executive of Victoria 2026, said his team have been "mobilising quickly" since being awarded the Commonwealth Games.

He said he was pleased to have set the dates for the Games that due to be held from March 17 to 29 in 2026 and naming 16 sports and six Para sports as part of their initial programme.

"We are close to finallising our venues and are now working on awarding additional sports.

"We hope to have thart confirmed by the end of September."

Aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, beach volleyball, T20 cricket, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, squash, table tennis, triathlon and weightlifting are the 16 sports already on the programme.

Six Para sports - athletics, swimming, lawn bowls, triathlon, table tennis and powerlifting - are also due to be contested.

 

Phillips begins his speech by commending Birmingham 2022 for staging the Games, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He looks back at Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018, and says "hosting great Games" is one of Commonwealth Games Australia's key priorities.

State of Victoria "is the sporting capital of the world", and "there is no one that does sporting events like Victoria".

Phillips praises the Victorian Government as a partner in staging the 2026 Games.

 

The CGF's strategic roadmap provided a platform for Victoria to proposes a "truly innovative initiative", Victoria 2026 say.

Commonwealth Games Australia chief executive Craig Phillips is now addressing the General Assembly.

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On 7/10/2022 at 12:06 PM, RooBlu said:

Also in Australia you have to account for the domestic cricket season, the AFLW, and the Victorian Spring races which draw enormous amounts of spectators. All of these occur over September into the Summer.

Isn't cricket more November, certainly at an international level anyway.    The problem with cricket and indeed most sports now is the seasons never stop - the Winter Tours run into the Summer Tours and the breaks between them are weeks (sometimes days) rather than months.    It used to be a case you'd get at least three months between the end of one season and the beginning of the next in most sports, but that gap has virtually gone.

 

Must say though I've been watching the Australian version of Hunted this last week which is filmed across Victoria and it's actually showcasing the state in a way I've not seen any other TV show do.   Whether the Games can do that I'm not so sure but it is kind of setting a template for future games to be hosted perhaps by a country rather than city - although few countries have the sporting infrastructure that Victoria (and NSW) have.

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13 minutes ago, Brekkie Boy said:

Isn't cricket more November, certainly at an international level anyway.    The problem with cricket and indeed most sports now is the seasons never stop - the Winter Tours run into the Summer Tours and the breaks between them are weeks (sometimes days) rather than months.    It used to be a case you'd get at least three months between the end of one season and the beginning of the next in most sports, but that gap has virtually gone.

 

Must say though I've been watching the Australian version of Hunted this last week which is filmed across Victoria and it's actually showcasing the state in a way I've not seen any other TV show do.   Whether the Games can do that I'm not so sure but it is kind of setting a template for future games to be hosted perhaps by a country rather than city - although few countries have the sporting infrastructure that Victoria (and NSW) have.

The Australian cricket season usually finishes in March/April. 

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9 hours ago, Brekkie Boy said:

Isn't cricket more November, certainly at an international level anyway.    The problem with cricket and indeed most sports now is the seasons never stop - the Winter Tours run into the Summer Tours and the breaks between them are weeks (sometimes days) rather than months.    It used to be a case you'd get at least three months between the end of one season and the beginning of the next in most sports, but that gap has virtually gone.

 

Must say though I've been watching the Australian version of Hunted this last week which is filmed across Victoria and it's actually showcasing the state in a way I've not seen any other TV show do.   Whether the Games can do that I'm not so sure but it is kind of setting a template for future games to be hosted perhaps by a country rather than city - although few countries have the sporting infrastructure that Victoria (and NSW) have.

Whilst cricket play does not normally begin until around late October, it generally takes a month from late September for grounds to recover from the footy season and for the wickets to be installed or established. The MCG surface is usually a lot more knocked about by the end of the footy season that what the cameras can convey on TV.

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