The West Australian government has announced a plan to bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held in Perth.
A feasibility study would be carried out by the government sports, recreation and tourism authorities to determine whether Perth could host the 2018 or 2022 games, West Australian Premier Alan Carpenter was reported by the Australian Associated Press as saying in Perth.
"We want to actually present Perth as a city on the world map," he said adding that Melbourne attracted some 60,000 international visitors for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The WA government's plan for the Commonwealth Games bid coincides with its pitch to be part of Australia's bid to host the Fifa World Cup soccer event in 2018.
Bidding for the 2018 Games starts in 2010, with the deadline for formal lodgement in 2011, six months before the Commonwealth General Assembly.
The final decision is made by a vote of each of the Commonwealth Games associations.