NEWCASTLE has begun the long process for a bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games, after Newcastle City Council voted to give in-principle support to the idea last night.
The council will write to neighbours Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens and Cessnock to seek their backing.
Labor councillor Nuatali Nelmes, who proposed the motion, said such an event could help the Hunter attract funding for infrastructure.
‘‘This city is at an adolescence where we argue and talk ourselves down,’’ Cr Nelmes said.
‘‘That does not put ourselves on the state map for funding, or the national map for funding.
‘‘It really takes an international event of this type of standard to put the city on the map.’’
Almost all councillors supported the push.
Cr Andrea Rufo (independent) suggested the council also contact officials from the Gold Coast, which will host the 2018 games, for information about bidding.
Cr Rufo said the council should also seek support from neighbouring Hunter councils.
Cr Jason Dunn joked about the support from the state.
‘‘If the state government is willing to spend $60-$100million to rip up infrastructure, imagine what they will give us to put infrastructure in.’’