Latrobe Town Council welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Commonwealth Games Legacy Minister Shaun Leane of Gippsland’s sports program and the location of the Games Village for the 2026 Games.
Five sports will be staged in the region, with shooting and para-shooting bolstering the existing competition calendar of T20 women’s cricket, badminton, rugby sevens and road cycling.
The road cycling race will culminate in a criterium in Gippsland with the Commonwealth’s best racing for gold in the center of Traralgon.
T20 Cricket is part of a strong women’s sports program and will see the reigning world champion Australian side look to defend the gold medal they won at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
This expanded sports program means more athletes will experience the best of regional Victoria in 2026, attracting thousands more visitors to watch the medal competition.
The Games Village location has also been locked down and will be established on English Street, Morwell and will be a home for around 1,000 athletes and officials.
The village will be designed in consultation with the local community and traditional owners, celebrating the rich culture of the Gunaikurnai people and the vibrant communities and landscapes of the Gippsland region.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity for Latrobe City to be showcased on the global sporting stage, along with a program of supporting cultural events, reflecting the diversity of the region.
“The creation of the village will leave a precious legacy, providing much-needed housing that can be adapted to the needs of our community, new opportunities for our precious care for the elderly and elderly, to social and affordable living options.
“We look forward to working alongside the Government of Victoria to ensure the village meets the highest environmental and societal standards for accessibility, in line with Council’s Urban Design Guidelines,” said the Mayor.
It is estimated that the 2026 Commonwealth Games will bring over $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating over 600 full-time equivalent jobs before they start, 3,900 jobs during the Games and another 3,000 after the Closing Ceremony .