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Queensland Government confirms $176 million Cairns Convention Centre expansion
The Queensland Government has released new drawings of plans for the upgraded Cairns Convention Centre, showing a tropical-themed entrance and Sky Terrace with views of Trinity Inlet.
Announcing a larger than originally planned expansion of the venue, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced “we only get one chance to do this so we’re going to do it right.”
570 jobs are expected to be created when the work begins in May next year.
The revised plan includes a new entry, space for 30 exhibitors’ booths, three meeting rooms over 420 metre², a flat floor space for 450 people and a rooftop banqueting space for 410 people.
The original design, which wouldn’t have allowed for concurrent events to occur, was dumped after intervention from local stakeholders.
Local state member Michael Healy commented “the Convention Centre is an engine room for the Cairns economy and as far as I am concerned the bigger the engine the better.
“It will also compliment the Global Tourism Hub to further generate more for our region.”
A full business case is yet to be completed and the new timeline has pushed back the completion date to early 2020.
The facility will be closed between May and October next year to allow the majority of internal construction to occur.
Image shows an artist's rendering of the new Cairns Convention Centre entrance and Sky Terrace.
16th April 2019 - Tanks Arts Centre named one of Queensland’s Best Experiences
19th March 2019 - Three companies shortlisted to develop Cairns Global Tourism Hub
20th February 2019 - New manager appointed at Cairns Convention Centre
30th October 2018 - Cairns Performing Arts Centre set for 15th December gala opening
17th June 2018 - Expansion agreed for Cairns Convention Centre
23rd October 2017 - New-look link for Cairns’ best entertainment
3rd October 2017 - Cairns Mayor welcomes Elton John concert success
17th July 2017 - Expansion concept revealed for Cairns Convention Centre
15th June 2017 - Cairns Convention Centre’s digital displays to benefit organisers
14th June 2017 - Sectors backed by Queensland budget
7th November 2016 - Cairns Convention Centre shares a slice of history
5th July 2014 - Cairns Convention Centre voted world’s best
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