Gina Rinehart urges PM to back two city Comm Games pitch

Billionaire Gina Rinehart has backed a proposed bid for the Gold Coast to host the 2026 Comm Games.

Billionaire Gina Rinehart has emerged as a surprise supporter of a last minute pitch to keep the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Australia with a two city hosting plan.

The plan by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas to host the Games across both cities has been enthusiastically endorsed by Rinehart in a letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Describing Victoria’s decision to abandon its commitment to hosting the Games as “disappointing and a huge blow to Australia’s reputation”, the letter put forward a case to salvage Australia’s reputation.

“We believe that hosting the Games in both the Gold Coast and Perth presents a special opportunity to showcase Australia and provides an excellent background for you to invite those heads of the commonwealth you may wish to have further discussions with, and or entertain,” the letter stated.

“Both the Gold Coast and Perth, with their world-class pre-existing facilities and warm hospitality, stand ready to play a role in delivering an unforgettable experience for athletes, spectators and international guests and media.”

Rinehart argued that hosting the Commonwealth Games would be a cost-effective way to prepare for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

“Embracing a multi-city strategy has proven to be effective to reduce costs and be available to more people across the country, FIFA has recently unveiled plans for the FIFA World Cup 2030 to be jointly hosted across Morocco, Portugal, and Spain,” the letter stated.

“The 2026 Commonwealth Games also provide Australia with an opportunity to boost with real practise our preparedness for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games – the first Olympic Games Australia would have hosted in over 30 years. The games still being some 9 years away, holding the commonwealth games here should not fairly be described as a distraction from such preparation, but a real live run through for the Olympics.”

What was missing though was any financial commitment from Rinehart, who is Australia’s wealthiest person. And with the Queensland government ruling out putting taxpayer dollars into the plan, the letter is unlikely to add any further momentum to the bid.