Athletes village ready to welcome the world
The Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Justin Madden today unveiled the last sections of the newly completed Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Parkville.
In recent weeks the finishing touches have been applied to the gymnasium, polyclinic and the international zone, where athletes will be able to shop, relax and host visitors.
“Five weeks out from the start of the Games our Village is ready to host the world’s greatest athletes,” Mr Madden said.
“All the furniture has been installed and the amenities completed.”
The new international zone contains a range of retail outlets and leisure facilities such as a bank, post office, florist, general store, licensed bar, pool room, games room, ice cream parlour and day spa.
The polyclinic will offer a range of medical services such as sports medicine, physiotherapy, podiatry, optometry, imaging and doping control.
It will be supplemented by a mobile dental service which has also been installed in the village to ensure athletes have access to all necessary services.
“This is without doubt one of the best Villages ever created in the history of international sporting events,” Mr Madden said.
“From the restored Heritage Precinct to the new houses, we have built a world class home for the athletes and officials of the Commonwealth offering all the services necessary for elite athletes.”
The completion of the international zone is the last major milestone in the delivery of the village.
“With the residential zone completed, the new police station now opened and the dining hall operational, we could open the village tomorrow,” Mr Madden said.
“All we need to do now is make the beds and stock the fridges.”
Also displayed in the International Zone is the Indigenous artwork ‘kaarratpeeteen ween’ (message stick) by Vicki Couzens.
The message stick in this artwork depicts the traditional language groups of Victoria sending a message if invitation to the nations of the Commonwealth who are being invited to gather to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.
The Minister was accompanied on his tour by hurdler Kyle Vander Kuyp.
Summary of Key Facts about the Village:
Athletes and officials will live in 155 permanent houses, 68 apartments, 14 townhouses and 115 cabins during the Games.
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.
The full list of services in the International Zone is: ATM, casual dining, games room, internet café, police station, ticket outlet, X-Box entertainment zone, post office, florist, ice cream parlour, travel office, general store / drycleaning, engraving, phone kiosk, photo shop, hair salon/day spa, chef’s meeting hall/cinema, merchandise outlet, bank, World Anti Doping Authority, lounge and meeting rooms.
The gym will be fully supervised and operate similar to a local gym. It will offer free weights, resistance training, cardio machines and open stretching areas. The gym also contains the Athlete Recovery Centre, booked by teams through the polyclinic, which will include cold plunge pools, massage tables and exercise bikes.
The gym is fully fitted out with “TechnoGym” equipment including: 12 cardio machines (treadmills, steppers, upright bikes, elite spin pro bikes); seven pin loaded weight machines; free weights equipment and exercise mats and swiss balls
The polyclinic will offer a range of medical services such as sports medicine, emergency, podiatry, optometry, imaging, doping control, physiotherapy and massage therapy.
The main dining hall can serve up to 20,000 meals per day and can cater 1,800 in any one sitting
Sale of the village cabins is progressing well. Public inspection process is now completed with 450 appointments to inspect the cabins across the two days. The cabins will be released for sale via tender later in February.
88 of the permanent houses have sold already, with a median price of $850,000The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be held from 15 – 26 March 2006 and will bring together 4,500 athletes from 71 nations.