14/10/2021 - 14:50

WA won't pursue Commonwealth Games: McGowan

14/10/2021 - 14:50

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The Premier said today Western Australia will not bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, saying the state needed to retain its financial firepower for more important issues.

The Premier said today Western Australia will not bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, saying the state needed to retain its financial firepower for more important issues.

For several weeks, there has been talk about Commonwealth Games Australia considering Perth for the event, a proposal that has since received the support of political figures and local athletes.

But during a press conference today, Mr McGowan said the state government would not be pursuing the games for a range of reasons; the biggest of which was that its cost was likely to run into the billions.

He said the government had agreed the move was not wise at this point in time.

“The cost of it would be in the billions and we just don’t know what else is around the corner,” he said.

“As a state, we have the best set of finances in Australia.

“We’re the only state paying down debt and the only state in a surplus across the forward estimates.

“But we don’t know what else will come, with COVID-19 or any other crises around the world.

“We need to retain our financial firepower to deal with those sorts of things.

“Diverting ourselves from the most important issues to do something which, admittedly, would be very nice, we didn’t think was wise at this point in time.

“In future years, more Commonwealth Games will come along and future governments will want to deal with that, but, at this point in time, with everything that is going on, we want to focus on the most important things.”

City of Perth mayor Basil Zempilas, who had pushed for the city to put its hand up, said that while he was grateful the state’s approach to the pandemic had kept the state safe, it needed to broaden its vision beyond pandemic thinking.

He argued that it was possible to address major issues and pursue the Commonwealth Games simultaneously.

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