Commonwealth Inquiry to Assess the Cancellation Impact on Bendigo

August 3, 2023 9:56 am in by
Credit: Gold Central Victoria

The Andrews Government will face more heat over its shock decision to cancel the Commonwealth Games after the Victorian Liberals won unanimous support from the crossbench to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the decision.

A motion to set up a nine-member select committee into the saga passed the upper house 25 votes to 15 on Wednesday morning.

The impact on Bendigo business, tourism, and events will be looked at as part of the inquiry.

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Bendigo was set to host netball, squash, table tennis, basketball, and indoor cycling across at least three venues for the two-week Commonwealth Games event.

The Andrews Government has promised permanent sporting facilities will go ahead, along with modified public housing that might otherwise have been in a Bendigo athletes’ village.

An interim report will be provided by April 30, 2024, with the final report due by April 2025.