Geotech works at Morwell Comm Games Village

Victoria will host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 with Gippsland to play a key role.

THE state government is getting on with delivering the Commonwealth Games Village at English Street, Morwell, by starting crucial geotechnical works.

A team of experts will be drilling boreholes and excavating test pits at various locations across the 4.4 hectare site between January 30 and February 2 2023 to verify ground conditions before more detailed designs on the village commence.

Minister for Commonwealth Games, Jacinta Allen, said Victoria 2026 will deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games.

“We’re excited to showcase the Gippsland region to the world while boosting the economy, creating jobs and bringing visitors to the region,” Ms Allen said.

Ms Allen said the geotechnical investigations are an important first step in the planning and design of the Morwell Games village.

Boreholes will allow engineers to collect physical samples of soil and rock beneath the surface to help better understand the ground conditions on site for when construction on the Morwell Games Village gets underway later this year.

The boreholes will vary in depth between 1.5 metres and eight metres, using a drilling rig mounted on a four-wheel drive and a tracked drill rig, with the holes to be backfilled once samples are collected.

A proportion of housing at each village site will be set aside for social and affordable housing, and the state government is working with local councils and social and affordable housing providers to ensure that the use of the Games villages after Victoria 2026 best reflects the needs of the local community.

The Games Village at Morwell will be a home-away-from-home for around 1000 athletes and officials.

Five sports will be staged in the region, including Shooting and Para Shooting, Women’s T20 Cricket, Badminton, Rugby Sevens and Road Cycling.

It is estimated the 2026 Commonwealth Games will create more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before they start, 3900 jobs during the Games and a further 3000 jobs after the closing ceremony, and is expected to contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy.

Development Victoria is the state government’s delivery partner for the Games villages, and will oversee the contractors undertaking the geotechnical investigations at Morwell.