Buller in­cluded in Com­mon­wealth Games bid

Mt Buller News - - NEWS - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

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.

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton - Mt Buller

START­ING OUT: Mt Buller’s cross coun­try and down­hill moun­tain bike trails would be per­fect for in­tro­duc­ing the world to the Com­mon­wealth Games events.

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