Wellington Shire Council respond to Commonwealth Games cancellation

Stefan Bradley

WELLINGTON Shire Council has joined a chorus of locals sharing disappointment at the cancellation of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

In a statement to the Gippsland Times council said they “share in Gippsland’s disappointment” that the 2026 Commonwealth Games planned for regional Victoria were cancelled.

Led by Mayor Ian Bye, council said they are working closely with state government Ministers and representatives to advocate for its fair share of investment and funding allocated to Gippsland.

“It is important that the Victorian government acknowledges the economic loss that will be felt all throughout Gippsland, and not just the regional centres declared as host ‘cities’,” he said.

“We have critical infrastructure needs throughout our shire, and I am working hard to ensure these are on the table as we consider the priority projects that will receive funding as part of the government’s $3 billion in support packages.

“I am looking forward to meeting with the government in Wellington in the coming weeks to ensure our priorities are heard, and support aligns with what our community needs.”

The Commonwealth Games were originally due to take place in March 2026, with sporting events spread across five regional hubs, including the Latrobe Valley.