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Geotechnical works underway on 2026 Commonwealth Games infrastructure

Geotechnical works underway on 2026 Commonwealth Games infrastructure

Geotechnical and environmental testing has begun in Ballarat, as works progress on preparations for Victoria’s 2026 Commonwealth Games.

From 17 to 29 March 2026, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Gippsland and Shepparton will together host 20 sports and nine para sports.

The geotechnical and environmental testing at Eureka Stadium will provide an understanding of the existing site conditions, including soil condition that will help with planning, engineering and construction works.


 

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The stadium will undergo a $150 million upgrade, which will include the construction of a new athletics track, as well as an additional 5000 permanent seats and improved accessibility.

Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan said major works on the stadium upgrade will begin in late 2023.

“We’re getting on with upgrades to Eureka Stadium with geotechnical testing giving us a better understanding of the site, before works start later this year,” Allan said.

It’s estimated that the 2026 Commonwealth Games will create more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before they start and 3900 jobs during the Games. The event is also expected to contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy.

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