The City of Maribyrnong community is excitedly awaiting the arrival of more than 2,000 competitors when the 2016 Southern University Games comes to Footscray on 3 to 7 July.
Students from across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia will descend upon the city to take part in over 21 sports in 20 of our state-of-the-art sporting and leisure venues across Maribyrnong.
2009 was the last time the Southern University Games was hosted in Melbourne and this is the first time ever that Footscray has hosted the event.
Maribyrnong City Council couldn’t be prouder to be the 2016 Games Major Event Partner, along with the Partner University - our friend and neighbours - Victoria University, as well as the organising body, Australian University Sport.
This great event is a key project as part of the Footscray University Town initiative, a partnership between Council and Victoria University that that aims to enhance the economic, social and cultural strengths of Footscray through a range of activities and programs.
The Games being based in Footscray is yet another strong example of the Footscray University Town partnership creating opportunities for community involvement and participation.
The City of Maribyrnong community will certainly join Council in welcoming the Games and its competitors with open arms and revel in the atmosphere of excitement that the Games will bring to our city.
Here in the City of Maribyrnong, we absolutely love our sport. This premiere national sporting event is the perfect vehicle to showcase the best that the City of Maribyrnong has to offer, both on and off the sports field.
We pride ourselves on being the ‘Festival City’ and a proud, inner city gateway to Melbourne’s west.
We offer a vibrant and active lifestyle, featuring excellent outdoor recreation spaces and multi-purposed community facilities.
The event is expected to generate quite a significant boost to our local economy in Footscray and its surrounds resulting from the 2,000 participants visiting our City’s restaurants, shopping strips and entertainment venues.
Equally as important is the way this dynamic event will engage and involve our community.
We jumped at the opportunity to host this year’s Games because we are such staunch believers in partnerships like the one we have with the Australian University Sport and Victoria University generating enriching, life-changing experiences for our young people, which is a significant priority for this Council.
And the positive impact goes well beyond the participants. The Games will also bring together over 80 community volunteers. I encourage the people of Maribyrnong, and indeed beyond, to get involved and be a part of this memorable event.
We’re very excited to host such a vibrant and exciting event here in Maribyrnong and we will have to be as patient as possible until July when the festivities well and truly kick off.
Until then, we look forward to working together to make the 2016 Southern University Games the best one ever.