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Victoria Launches EOI for 2026 Commonwealth Games villages

The Victorian Government, the proud host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, has opened the Expression of Interest (EOI) process to the construction sector for civil works to deliver the Games villages across regional Victoria.

Victoria will be highlighting its world-class infrastructure and facilities and will create some 7500 of jobs through construction and civil works.

The major international multi-sport event attracts athletes from over 70 countries and territories.

“This is a unique opportunity for local businesses and contractors to partner with us in creating modern, accessible, and energy efficient villages to host the best athletes in Commonwealth,” Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery, Jacinta Allan, said.

About 7,000 athletes and officials are expected to live across the four villages in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Morwell when the Games get under way in March 2026.

Each Games village has specific requirements and the civil works across the sites could include bulk earthworks, installation of new drains and sewers, the relocation of power, gas and water, roads construction, general demolition, remediation, and clearing works.

The construction sector has now been invited to submit expressions of interest for medium-density housing.

The emphasis on local suppliers is a win-win for both Victoria’s economy and the environment. By using locally sourced materials, the government can create jobs and support local businesses, while also reducing the environmental impact of transportation and shipping.

“We’re looking for businesses of all sizes to get involved in delivering the Commonwealth Games, from major construction firms to local suppliers and small businesses,” Martin Pakula, the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major events, said.

Early works at each location are expected to begin later this year with village designs for each site under development.

It is estimated the Commonwealth Games will contribute $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before they start, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs after the Closing Ceremony.

The Games will also help reinforce Victoria’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Interested parties can register via the Buying for Victoria website, from which a shortlist of contractors will be invited to participate in a Request for Proposal process.

The EOI closes at 2pm on Tuesday, 28 March 2023.

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