Swan Hill has the lakes, lawn tennis courts, accommodation and a rail passenger service, yet the regional city has been excluded from a regional campaign to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
The City of Greater Shepparton is leading a taskforce to put the case to the state government for a feasibility study on staging the events in the Greater Shepparton region, Wodonga, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, and Traralgon.
Shepparton council Mayor Dinny Adem said the economic and social impact would be significant.
"Naturally, we do envisage that some temporary infrastructure will be required to house athletes and Games activities as part of a satellite approach," Cr Adem said.
"The legacy of such upgrades is that regional cities and towns would be in a prime position to successfully bid for future national and international events for years to come. This means ongoing investment and benefits into local economies for decades."
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