The Sydney media was abuzz last weekend as NSW Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell committed to extend the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre when they win government next year.
This is certainly a commitment that would be welcomed by the convention and exhibition industry.
As for the Entertainment Centre – wherever a new Centre is built it must be serviced by proper public transport – so here are some options.
The Sydney Cricket Ground / Football Stadium / Fox studios complex serviced by an underground rail link from Central ie where the Eastern Suburbs line should have gone. This would then enhance the usefulness of the existing facilities.
White Bay – the old car shipping wharf would certainly be big enough and the old Glebe Island Bridge could be utilised to extend the light rail from Star City (maybe even through to the Balmain peninsular)
The old railyards in Lilyfield – once again extend the light rail to provide the transport service.
Below are links to some of the media coverage and a facility for your feedback
Sean Nicholls – SMH – September 18, 2010
THE Sydney Entertainment Centre would be demolished and incorporated into a $700 million ”world class” convention and entertainment complex at Darling Harbour to open by 2015 under plans being considered by the NSW opposition.
AAP – SMH – September 18, 2010
Plans to revamp Sydney’s exhibition and entertainment centres have been unveiled, amid claims the city is missing out on millions of dollars income a year.
AAP – SMH – August 27, 2010
Proposals to demolish the Sydney Entertainment Centre and expand the nearby convention centre are misguided or misunderstood, a tourism lobby group says.
Matthew Moore – SMH – August 27, 2010
SYDNEY business leaders have called for the demolition of the Sydney Entertainment Centre to allow for an expansion of the exhibition and convention space at Darling Harbour.
Louise Hall – SMH – March 3, 2010
Sydney will get a new convention and exhibition centre if the Coalition is elected next year.