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EOI open for Commonwealth Games villages

An excavator on a construction site, far away from electric piles and substations.

The Victorian Government has opened the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the delivery of the Commonwealth Games villages across regional Victoria.

The villages will be home to around 7000 athletes and officials in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, and Morwell when the Commonwealth Games get underway in March 2026.

The EOI for these civil works is expected to create opportunities for regional contractors to be involved in construction, supporting hundreds of local jobs.

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.

Civil contractors will have the opportunity to lodge their interest in a single location or across multiple project locations.

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

“We’re another step closer to seeing Victoria 2026 come to life and in a little over three years we’ll be taking regional Victoria to the world stage,” said Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan.

“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 Legacy Harriet Shing said: “This first stage of works will lay the foundations for world-class villages that deliver a lasting legacy of high-quality, modern and accessible housing and infrastructure across our regional communities.”

It is estimated the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 7500 jobs before, during, and after the Games.

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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