The Victorian Government is getting on with delivering two new major sporting venues in Geelong for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Geotechnical investigations will shortly begin with machinery on site until late June including excavators, small vehicles and other drills, with a team of experts including Geelong-based contractors drilling boreholes and excavating test pits.
With a $292 million investment from the Victorian Government, the new multi-sport venues will support growing local communities in and around Armstrong Creek and Waurn Ponds following the Commonwealth Games.
During the Commonwealth Games, the new Aquatics venue on Barwarre Road will include competition, warm up and diving pools, and will be converted after the closing ceremony to sports courts, a community pool and open space.
The Aquatics venue on Barwarre Road will boast a competition, warm up and a diving pool during the Games, and will feature multi-sport courts, a community pool and green open space after medals are won.
The Artistic Gymnastics, Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting venue on Baanip Boulevard at the Waurn Ponds Station precinct will become seven multi-sport courts, a dance studio and a regional-level gymnastics centre after the Games.
An Expression of Interest process (EOI) has been issued this week for Head Contractors to deliver the two venues, providing an overview of the works required during the construction phase, and the works required to transform the venues into community sporting facilities after the closing ceremony.
Development Victoria is a key delivery partner for the sports infrastructure required to host events.
It is estimated the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 7500 jobs before, during and after the Games.
The EOI for Head Contractors can be accessed via the Buying for Victoria website and interested parties are encouraged to register their interest.
Updated on 26 May 2023