State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has suggested beach volleyball at Cobram be included in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 2030 Commonwealth Games regional cities bid.
The bid, dubbed the Greater Victoria People’s Games, would see events spread across 11 major regional centres, in a push led by Greater Shepparton City Council.
Mr McCurdy, who is also Shadow Sport Minister, said Cobram was the ideal venue to host beach volleyball in 2030.
‘‘Thompsons Beach at Cobram would be a fantastic regional location for the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball event,’’ he said.
‘‘How iconic would it be for this event to be held on the banks of the Murray River in 2030?’’
Mr McCurdy said currently Yarrawonga was the only Ovens Valley town among a group of 11 Victorian regional cities and towns preparing a bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2030.
As part of the proposal, Yarrawonga would stage the sailing event on Lake Mulwala.
Greater Shepparton would likely host a number of sports, including athletics, lawn bowls and squash, with rowing at Lake Nagambie.
Other centres to host events would be Mildura, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Geelong, Wodonga, Mt Buller and Traralgon.
‘‘There is great potential for Cobram to be included in this bid as well through beach volleyball,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘If more beach area is needed for the event there is plenty of additional space between Cobram and Yarrawonga.’’
Beach volleyball will be included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time at the Gold Coast next year.
Under the current proposal, beach volleyball is slated as a test event at the 2030 Games, likely to be hosted in Mildura.
Mr McCurdy said the Commonwealth Games regional cities bid had his full support.
‘‘The potential benefits for regional Victoria, local economies and regional sport through this bid are immense.
‘‘This would be a fantastic boost for our regional cities and towns and showcase what we have to offer.’’