Gold Coast Mayor in last ditch effort to keep Comm Games in Australia

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Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is heading to Melbourne to see if he can salvage the 2026 Commonwealth Games by putting together a joint hosting plan with Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas.

The two mayors are heading to Victoria’s capital for a Senate inquiry into the state’s sudden cancelation of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Tate believes the Gold Coast can step in to host the sporting event despite the late notice due to the infrastructure that is already available, thanks in part to the city’s hosting of the Games back in 2014.

The WA Government has also eased back its initial hard no on hosting the Games, leaving the door ajar.

Any plan to keep the Commonwealth Games in Australia would still require investment from the Federal Government, something Victoria was banking on but which was never officially greenlit.

“I’m not asking for an automatic yes, all I’m asking is the opportunity to go away and plan and bring the costing and the logistics for the consideration of the federal government and the state government,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“As years pass people won’t remember Daniel Andrews, they won’t remember the Victorian Government tearing up the contract, they will remember that Australia were the ones who reneged on the 2026 Games.”