ABC Newcastle reports: After a glittering performance hosting matches in the AFC Asian Cup, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle believes the city can now aim to stage bigger international events.
In recent times, the parallels between the NSW city of Newcastle and Queensland’s Gold Coast have been drawn on a regular basis.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics lists the Hunter region’s population as almost 547,000 people, while the Gold Coast-Tweed region has 591,000 people.
Newcastle boasts two professional sporting teams – the A-League-playing Jets, and the NRL’s Knights.
The Gold Coast has its own teams – the NRL-playing Titans and the Suns in the AFL.
In 2015, Newcastle hosted four matches in the AFC Asian Cup. In 2018, the Gold Coast will host the Commonwealth Games.
It’s this last point that the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes wants to address, in order to level-up the comparisons between the two regions, and give Newcastle its ‘fair share’ of big events.
Cr Nelmes believes a feasibility study should be conducted, looking at whether the Hunter could bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2030.
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