Buller included in Commonwealth Games bid
MT BULLER has been named as a possible venue for the Greater Victoria 2030 bid for the Commonwealth Games.
The bid is being led by the Greater Shepparton City Council and would see a potential Commonwealth Games held across eleven regional cities and regions within the state.
Named “The People’s Games”, Shepparton City mayor Dinny Adem said “what we have unveiled is a first of its kind vision”.
Mt Buller has been designated as the venue for the mountain biking component of the Games because of its established cycling trails, including the Epic Trail, and readily available accommodation and restaurant facilities.
John Huber, Mt Buller Mt Stirling resort management chief executive officer at the time of the news release, said “it is great to hear that our world class mountain biking facilities here at Mt Buller have been highlighted as an option for the Commonwealth Games”.
“If the proposal for regional Victoria to host the Games moves ahead we look forward to discussing further,” he said.
Mr Adem said staging a ground- breaking concept such as this across regional cities and towns will leave a legacy for millions of people like we have never seen before.
“The economic and social im- pact will be so significant, not to mention the wave of optimism that would sweep the state,” Mr Adem said.
Mr Adem said regional Vic- toria has already staged many international sporting events and a standalone Commonwealth Games would be a further step forward to reinforcing Victoria as Australia’s premier sporting state and bring sport to the people - not the other way round and people to the sport.
“Under this top-line schedule, we envisage that the focus for proposed competition venues will be on significant upgrades to existing infrastructure to ensure Commonwealth Games regulations are met rather than building brand new facilities across the board at large expense,” Mr Adem said.
All Terrain Cycles representative, Bruce Halket, said it would be fantastic for the mountain and the opportunity to showcase what we already think are the best trails to a larger audience around the world.
“Mt Buller would be perfect for the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Halket said.
“I went to the mountain biking Comm Games at Lysterfield Park in 2006 - it was a great day, but if we could get those numbers to Mt Buller and more to watch some of the world’s best racers, it would be fantastic.
“One thing Mt Buller would have over Lysterfield Park is we have a chairlift and gravity trails.
“So with these additional facilities I can’t see any reason why we couldn’t introduce downhill mountain biking to the Commonwealth Games.
“At present mountain biking only allows for cross country mountain biking.
“To have the downhill facilities just might convince the organisers to include downhill in this event as well as cross country - downhill is a strong sport in other countries.”
A taskforce has been appointed to commence stage one of the work in exploring the possibility of a regional bid.
STARTING OUT: Mt Buller’s cross country and downhill mountain bike trails would be perfect for introducing the world to the Commonwealth Games events.