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We’re bidding for the Commonwealth Games? Is this a cunning plan?

By johnboy 23 August 2008 29

According to gamesbids.com Canberra is in the running to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games:

    The Gold Coast will be in competition with the city of Perth, which also officially announced its bid Friday, while Canberra has also said it was bidding.

Leaving aside the question of why any city would want to inflict this barely-glorified sports carnival upon itself…

Is this a cunning plan to bring the self-government era to end? Are we planning to bankrupt ourselves on Athletes Villages and new buses before throwing ourselves upon the arms of a Commonwealth Government that, at the end of the day, can’t allow its national capital to rot?

Maybe it does make sense…


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peterh 10:37 am 25 Aug 08

considering that the wowsers canned the supercars here, how would they go with an event of this magnitude?

trees would have to be cut down to allow development of a decent sized site. oh, and the noise would be huge. not to mention the litter, influx of additional population, etc. we can bid all we want.

we won’t get it, though.

Holden Caulfield 9:16 am 25 Aug 08

Oops, ‘depends’ even.

Holden Caulfield 9:16 am 25 Aug 08

Well, that determines on the definition of ‘feasible’ doesn’t it. :p

Headbonius 7:45 am 25 Aug 08

Considering the Melbourne Commonwealth Games attracted about 200 million in Commonwealth Government funding and the Victorian Government chipped the majority of 800 million meaning each Victorian taxpayer subsidised each ticket to the tune of anywhere between $500 and $800 (the final amount was hotly debated between each side of Victorian politics.

The ACT having a population about one tenth the size of Victoria would have to put a huge impost on the taxpayer but hell, the current government (for want of a better word) thinks nothing of frittering $140,000 on some piece of shit artwork which in the opinion of our Chief Minister “was the most beautiful thing he had seen all day besides his wife Robyn”

The penchant of our Chief Minister for holding events for self glorification such as “The Chief Minister’s Command Performance” – please get me a bucket! and erecting artworks at the public expense is a freakin’ joke when essential services such as education, health and road infrastructure are lacking.

Commonwealth Games? The answer is NO!

Cameron 12:08 am 25 Aug 08

Let’s just be glad that for the moment, officially at least, this is just a feasibility study. I fail to see how anyone in their right mind can conduct a feasibility study into this and actually determine it feasible.

ant 12:03 am 25 Aug 08

Well, at least they could finally use that concrete pad they built for indoor soccer for something useful. They could park cars on it.

Overheard 11:56 pm 24 Aug 08

Could you imagine having Bruce/Canberra Stadium as the centre-piece of the Commy Games?

‘Patrons are strongly advised, to avoid congestion and traffic jams, to park on the dirt by the side of the road near the tourist park on Dryandra Street and then walk up the bike track. That will also help you dodge paying five bucks to the parking marshalls.’

ant 11:50 pm 24 Aug 08

Interestingly, we got Bruce Stadium for the Pacific Games in 1977 (our school provided some Rent A Crowd which is why I remember it). But in those days, all the taxpayers of Australia paid for such things. Nowadays, it’d be just Canberra.

As for Victoria B.C, that’s an island, but BC is a wealthy and populous province (boasting Vancouver, among other things).

Overheard 10:24 pm 24 Aug 08

We don’t have the facilities, and neither should we have a push to develop those myriad facilities for this one off.

I’m all for leaving the legacy of required sporting facilities in the wake of a large event, but the ‘bang for buck’ ratio necessitated for something of the scale of the Commy Games just is not warranted.

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