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Sydney economy to be boosted by new convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct

Release Date: 30/09/2011

The Sydney Business Chamber said the NSW Government’s call for expressions of interest for the private sector to build and operate 12 hectares of convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities at Darling Harbour would position Sydney as a premier location to hold major events.
“The business community is pleased to see the original plans to expand Sydney’s Convention Centre grow into a more ambitious redevelopment of the entire precinct at Darling Harbour,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“Keeping Sydney in its rightful place as Australia’s leading city can only be done by having the infrastructure and capacity to be a leader. The Government is on the right track with their approach to renewing our convention and entertainment facilities at Darling Harbour.
“Sydney has been hampered by the lack of space available for some of the largest international conventions and exhibitions. That has translated into lost economic opportunities for the City as premier events have been snapped up by other cities in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.”
The Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct project will include:
  • Exhibition space of at least 40,000 square metres;
  • Flexible plenary spaces with a combined capacity for at least 10,000 delegates;
  • Capacity to host a variety of sporting, musical and theatrical events for an anticipated minimum of 12,000 people;
  • Upmarket banqueting facilities for a minimum of 4,000 people;
  • The enhancement of the public domain to provide an active and vibrant space for passive recreation, pre or post function meetings and other events; and
  • Improved connectivity and linkages to surrounding areas to include enhanced connections through Darling Harbour.
“When taken into consideration with the development of Barangaroo, the redevelopment of Darling Walk (opposite the Convention Centre) and the redevelopment at UTS with Sydney’s first Frank Gehry building, large parts of the western side of the Sydney CBD are being transformed. It’s an exciting time for Sydney.”

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