http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/stor ... 01,00.htmlPoll pledge: Libs would bid for 2018 Commonwealth Games
Article from: The Advertiser
August 23, 2008 12:30am
STATE Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith has committed to a bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games if the Liberals are elected in 2010.
It would be Adelaide's third bid for the Games after failed attempts in 1990 and 1996.
Mr Hamilton-Smith will unveil his official policy in a keynote address today to the annual general meeting of the Liberal Party.
He said he would begin work on the bid while in Opposition.
"We'll appoint an interim advisory group to start an audit of our sporting infrastructure and develop a framework for the bid process," he said.
Mr Hamilton-Smith said bidding for the Games would be one of the Liberal Party's "urgent tasks on coming to government". He said it "runs together with our support for a world-class stadium" in Adelaide.
The Opposition has been pushing for months for a commitment from the Government to refurbish AAMI Stadium or Adelaide Oval or build a new stadium in Adelaide's CBD.
Yesterday, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced her state would also make a bid for the 2018 Games, to be held on the Gold Coast.
The ACT and West Australian governments have announced feasibility studies to examine possible bids for Canberra and Perth to host the Games in 2018.
The next two Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi (2010) and Glasgow (2014).
Also in his speech to the party conference, Mr Hamilton-Smith is expected to call for party unity and for it to remain focused and determined in the lead-up to the 2010 state election.
Adelaide is the only mainland state capital to have never hosted a Commonwealth Games.
The Games have been held in Sydney in 1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982 and Melbourne in 2006.
"In 1990, SA started work on a bid for the 1998 games," Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
"We had a bid committee and a board that put together proposals for accommodation, sporting facilities, and transport and tourism facilities.
"We missed out, just beaten by Kuala Lumpur.
"From March, 2010 we will begin that process again, culminating in a decision at the end of 2011 by the Commonwealth Games Federation."
Mr Hamilton-Smith said the Games were as much about reputation, pride and achievement of the host city as they were about the estimated 4500 athletes, 17 sports and 50,000 overseas visitors.
"This will begin the regeneration of our tourism industry and provide a sporting heritage for our young people to build on," he said.
"As part of this process we will need to complete an audit of our sporting infrastructure and I call on the Rann Government to begin that process.
"Regardless of their actions, we will start that process while in Opposition."
On the Queensland bid, Mr Hamilton-Smith said it appeared Anna Bligh was "not satisfied with taking our water, she wants to take our opportunity to host the Commonwealth Games".
Not surprised by this, there was talk of Adelaide bidding for the Commonwealth Games back in 2006. Though I wish this state would go for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
On the upside by 2018, Adelaide will have a brand new state of the art train/tram system, state swimming centre and the resource/defence boom will be in action.
Adelaide would be better prepared and a better city in 2018 compared to the 90s, Adelaide has a great track record of hosting festivals and sporting events such as the World Police & Fire Games last year and been building events up such as the Tour Down Under.
I seriously reckon with Adelaides love of festivals, the games would just become a giant festival.