Athletes Village enters home straight
The Minister for the Commonwealth Games Justin Madden today inspected progress of the final touches at the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Parkville.
Mr Madden said the final stages of construction would now focus on landscaping around the houses and the completion of the streetscapes. While this is completed, Melbourne 2006 will start to install furniture and services for athletes.
“With just 100 days until the biggest event in Melbourne’s history, the Athletes Village is nearly ready to welcome almost 6000 athletes and officials,” Mr Madden said.
With 101 days to go to Games:
all houses are complete;
15 sites require minor external fitting and landscaping works such as retaining walls;
four apartment blocks that will be social housing after the Games are complete;
102 demountable houses are installed, with 13 remaining to go into position;
restoration works in the heritage precinct are complete;
the dining tent and kitchen are installed;
structures for athletes’ services such as the polyclinic and gymnasium are complete and ready for internal fit out;
overall landscaping is 80% complete, and
the perimeter fence is 80% installed. “The Athletes Village will be a fantastic home for the athletes and officials from the 71 nations of the Commonwealth,” Mr Madden said.
“It combines state of the art design and construction with a range of environmental initiatives to make this a truly sustainable development.”
During the Games, the Village will be divided into six residential areas, each representing a part of Victoria. Areas include: Great Ocean Road, Murray River, Yarra Valley, Little Desert, Goldfields and High Country.
“This is a great opportunity to highlight the wonders of Victoria to all the visiting athletes and officials,” Mr Madden said.
The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be held from 15 – 26 March 2006 and will bring together 4,500 athletes from 71 nations.