By Duncan Mackay

AdelaideAugust 3 - Adelaide is considering a bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games, South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill has announced.

A Commonwealth Games Feasibility Committe is to be set-up by the South Australian Government, Weatherill has confirmed.

"As one of the most liveable and safest cities in the world, which already has some of the infrastructure foundations in place like the new Adelaide Oval, Adelaide would be a strong applicant to host the Games," said Weatherill.

"But first we need to ask the right questions and make sure we are satisfied with the answers."

Adelaide, Australia's fifth largest city, had last bid for the Commonwealth Games in 1998 which were awarded to Kuala Lumpur, the first time they had been held in Asia.

Australian cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth have previously hosted the event, and the Gold Coast is preparing to hold it in 2018, leaving South Australia as the only state on the main island not to have staged the Games.

Adelaide OvalThe Adelaide Oval would expect to play a major part in any 2030 Commonwealth Games bid from the South Australian city

Adelaide had been among the early contenders to be the Australian nomination for 2018 but withdrew because of budget pressures. 

At the time South Australia's then-Treasurer Kevin Foley branded the Commonwealth Games a "B-grade event".

South Australian Sport Minister Leon Bignell will chair the Commonwealth Games Feasibility Committee, which will also include Robert Gerard, a prominent Adelaide businessman who has been campaigning for the city to bid for the event.

The Committee will be tasked with investigating whether the Games would benefit the state economically.

It will also undertake a audit of South Australian sports infrastructure and venues.

A decision on which city will host 2030 would not be due to be made by the Commonwealth Games Federation until 2023.

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