The Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) which represents the major users of convention and exhibition facilities at Darling Harbour has welcomed today’s announcement that construction is about to commence and urged the PPP parties to stay committed to industry consultation.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio congratulated the Darling Harbour Live consortia and the NSW Government on completing Financial Close yesterday.
“We are pleased another milestone has been reached and we urge Lend Lease, AEG Ogden and the other parties to continue to engage the major clients to ensure what is delivered on the site is fit for purpose.” she said.
“The winning design scheme is impressive and it will revitalise Sydney – it looks good on the outside and we must ensure that it also works efficiently on the inside.”
The three year construction phase will have a major impact on the exhibitions and events industry with major consumer and trade expos being relocated to Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, Sydney Showground and other locations around the city.
“We’ve had a productive partnership with Infrastructure NSW which led to the creation of the interim site at Glebe Island. We are hopeful the spirit of collaboration will now be replicated with the partners of Darling Harbour Live.” Ms DiMascio said.
“The exhibition industry generated thirty five percent of revenue at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Companies like Reed Exhibitions Australia, Diversified Exhibitions Australia and the Sydney International Boat Show are the biggest clients in this precinct. We have no doubt Darling Harbour Live will want to ensure the new exhibition, convention and entertainment centres can deliver on the needs of the biggest customers.”
“It’s in everybody’s interest that after three years of disruption, we come out with outstanding facilities that enable businesses to prosper and grow – this generates vitality in the city, creates jobs and promotes trade and investment.” Ms DiMascio said.
“As major users of the current Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre our Members understand the commercial, operational and logistical issues associated with the facilities. Their input is critical.”