“It doesn’t necessarily mean we are going to pick it up but we will certainly go through the process and see what the benefits are,” Murray told Western Australia’s Sunday Times.

“We know they are job creators.

“Certainly, it would put us on the map worldwide as well.

“We will have a new stadium, whereas many of the other countries will have to build a new stadium.

“That gives us a big advantage.

“It gives us a start.

“It puts us in a position where we don’t have to go out and find a billion dollars to start with.”

Perth’s Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi also told the Australian Associated Press that “an event of the scale of the Commonwealth Games would further enhance Perth as a world-class city and destination and greatly stimulate the economy”.

“The city of Perth would definitely support the Western Australian Government if it was to put forward a bid to host the Games,” she added.

Yesterday, Sydney launched plans to replace Durban as host of the Games.

The centrepiece of Sydney’s bid would be the ANZ Stadium, which hosted the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where a track would be built specially for the event.

The proposed bid has the backing of New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Australia Commonwealth Games Association President Sam Coffa.

Melbourne, which hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games, has also expressed early interest.

Adelaide is also keen to investigate a bid to take over from the South African city with John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee, a supporter of an Australian city staging the Games.

Other cities to have expressed interest in staging the event include Edmonton, Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester in England, New Delhi in India and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The CGF have not announced a timetable for choosing a replacement but a new host is expected to be chosen by the end of this year.