Tuesday, 20 September 2022


Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games

Ms SHEED (Shepparton) (19:15): (6542) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery, and the action I seek is that she visits Shepparton and the region to see the wonderful facilities our electorate has to host events as part of the Commonwealth Games in 2026. Shepparton was disappointed to learn that our district was not selected as a major hub to host the Commonwealth Games, as we are in a prime location and we could have used this opportunity to further develop and expand our sporting facilities to a world-class standard ahead of the games.

We want to ensure that we are in the running to hold some sporting events such as road cycling, BMX racing and BMX freestyle. We could hold a criterium event, a street road race with loops, which would make an interesting spectator event for the Shepparton community. The roads are flat and the scenery is picturesque. We have the only internationally accredited BMX track in Victoria that has an 8-metre hill, which is a requirement for Commonwealth Games BMX events. The track was built by the track builder who built three previous Olympic tracks.

As well as our unique facilities and stunning landscape we have an abundance of accommodation opportunities in Shepparton and its surrounding towns. In 2019 there were approximately 3000 commercial beds available in Greater Shepparton, excluding Airbnb listings. Spectators have the operation of 10 000 other beds in the surrounding towns of Nagambie, Kyabram, Numurkah, Benalla, Echuca and Yarrawonga. The events would not only bring a welcome financial boost to our region following two tough economic years but would also uplift the community and offer a new event that we can enjoy together and will make us feel that we are part of the Commonwealth Games. Our Indigenous community is also keen to contribute and showcase cultural and other engagement opportunities. I am sure once the minister takes a chance to look around at these facilities she will see for herself what a perfect place Shepparton would be for a number of Commonwealth Games events.