by Trevor Connell
I was amused by an article in Sydney Daily Telegraph last week entitled The secret treasure of Sydney will shine
Two things struck me in particular – the gushing over the location for Sydney’s temporary Exhibition Centre and some inaccuracies (but then it is news limited).
The inaccuracies first – all the photos in the article are captioned “The Glebe Island Convention Centre nearing completion”. Hmm Convention Centre?
Next – “In just 10 weeks, a 20,000 sqm venue on the harbour has formed to take over Sydney’s $100 million a year events and exhibitions industry …”
Take over the events and exhibition industry? Obviously this journalist knows nothing about the other venues in Sydney including Australian Technology Park, Sydney Showground and the venues at Fox Studios which between them will accommodate more exhibitions than Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island and they certainly will host far more events than [email protected], although I’m sure a few dance parties will pop up on the Island.
Now to the gushing… “An exclusive tour inside yesterday revealed the new centre will show off one of Sydney’s most seldom seen vantage points, boasting a view of the city’s most famous bridges – Harbour, Glebe Island and Anzac.”
Sounds like a dam good reason to build a permanent exhibition centre on this site.
Just imagine if the NSW government had commissioned a new convention and exhibition centre with an accompanying hotel to be built on the Glebe Island site. This option could utilise the Glebe Island Bridge to bring a spur off the light rail network to service the venue with a rapid service via the hotels at The Star and Darling Harbour and right into the CBD, and it could also have serviced the nearby cruise terminal.
If this option had been taken SCEC could have stayed operating until the new centre opened …. just ponder that.