Britnell welcomes games plan

South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has welcomed news of a plan to bring the 2030 Commonwealth Games to regional Victoria.

Under the proposal, 11 Victorian regional centres would host various events, with Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road ear marked to host road cycling.

Mrs Britnell said the bid was a creative take on hosting the games and was worth looking at.

“It would be a fantastic way to promote regional Victoria and would improve infrastructure and facilities in the host communities,” Mrs Britnell said.

“Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road would look spectacular beamed across the world.

“Warrnambool already has a rich history in cycling with the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic and is home to several Olympic and Commonwealth Games cyclists and the south-west has a strong cycling community.”

Mrs Britnell said hosting the games would require significant investment in infrastructure, particularly transport in an effort to move spectators and competitors around the state.

“We would need to improve our road and rail links and those are projects that would have lasting benefits for the community.

“There would also have to be investment in the facilities needed to host the various sports which would mean the host communities would be left with world class sporting facilities.

“On top of that it would provide jobs in regional areas in the lead up to the games as facilities and infrastructure is built.”

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