Council lodges Games EOI | Dandenong Star Journal

By Cam Lucadou Wells

The city of Greater Dandenong has officially presented a “festival of events” during the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

In an official EOI submission to the state government, the council touted itself as a “Gippsland Gateway” to the Victoria-based Regional Games.

Acting Director of Community Services Jim Davine said Greater Dandenong’s “diverse community” provides an opportunity to celebrate “multiculturalism” and “our alliance with Commonwealth nations”.

Festivals and events in the council area would showcase various cultural performances, food, religious affiliations and existing cultural districts.

The council could also broadcast events such as the opening and closing ceremonies on large municipal screens in Springvale and Dandenong.

“These activations would take place in major existing cultural districts including Little India, Afghan Bazaar, Dandenong Market and Multicultural Place in Springvale.

“(They would include) celebrations and visits related to cultural facilities such as the Drum Theatre, Dandenong New Art (DNA) Gallery and local sports facilities including the Dandenong Wellbeing Centre, Tatterson Park and Shepley Oval.”

The council area could provide “first class” training facilities and base camps for competing nations, he said.

Venues included playgrounds, an athletics track, sports fields and an aquatics center at Tatterson Park, Greaves Reserve, Ross Reserve and Shepley Oval.

Dandenong Stadium’s 15 indoor courts were well placed to host volleyball or basketball teams, Mr Davine said.

He added the Greater Dandenong Table Tennis Center proposed for development in 2024 as a possibility, pending funding.

Mr Davine did not mention the proposed $110million Dandenong Sport and Events Center – a 15,000 seater rectangular stadium that Mayor Jim Memeti has touted as a potential host for Rugby 7s matches during the Games.

In June 2021, Deloitte Australia embarked on a $200,000 business case and feasibility review – jointly funded by the council and the state government.

It hasn’t been released yet.

Mr Davine said active participation in the Games would bring “long-term economic, social, health and well-being outcomes for the community”.

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