The first day of the hearings on Monday noticed a number of witnesses from Commonwealth Games Australia converse, though the organisation’s president Ben Houston mentioned they would not remark additional on the $380 million compensation settlement with Victoria.
He mentioned that was in the pursuits of discovering a brand new host for the Games, ideally in Australia.
Commonwealth Games Australia officers mentioned they grew to become conscious in April that prices had been blowing out.
Suggestions for cheaper options had been made, however they did not get any suggestions from the state authorities on these earlier than Premier Daniel Andrews introduced Victoria was pulling out.
Representatives from Ernst and Young had been quizzed on their enterprise case costings for the Games, resulting in some spicy interactions with a few of the committee members Sarah Henderson and Bridget McKenzie.
Several witnesses from the Geelong area appeared yesterday, together with Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan, Committee for Geelong CEO Michael Johnston and Geelong Region Alliance CEO Guilia Baggio.
They spoke about their disappointment at dropping the funding and funding that was to associate with the Games.
“You’ll never be able to replace the eyes on Geelong and eyes on regional Victoria,” Cr Sullivan mentioned.
There had been additionally contributions yesterday from VicSport, and Bass Coast mayor Michael Whelan.
Former Victorian authorities minister Martin Pakula additionally appeared however was reluctant to enter a lot element about preparations for the Games given he is not an MP.
That led to a little bit of verbal sparring with a few of the committee members who had been eager for a bit extra enter given the Victorian authorities declined to be concerned in the hearings.
We additionally heard yesterday from Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate, who mentioned his metropolis was eager to step in to host the video games, however the Queensland authorities poured chilly water on the concept.