The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), which has been instrumental in coordinating industry feedback on plans for Sydney’s proposed new convention and exhibition centre precinct, today welcomed the news that three consortia have been shortlisted for the build and operation.
“Premier O’Farrell’s announcement that three groups have been shortlisted to provide proposals by March with a view to selection of a preferred tenderer by the end of 2012 demonstrates that NSW government is firmly behind the urgent need for Sydney to upgrade its business events facilities,” said Joyce DiMascio, General Manager, EEAA.
EEAA provided key input to Infrastructure NSW and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority regarding the needs of the major users of the proposed precinct when initial concept plans were released earlier this year. The association convened discussion with key stakeholders and provided a report of how industry viewed both the positive benefits of the concept plan and areas which needed further consideration to ensure the precinct’s long-term viability.
“We look forward to collaborating with the short-listed consortia to give them every opportunity to understand the needs of the major users. Sydney has one chance to get this right and we would like to help in achieving that outcome.
“ We have been very heartened by the Government’s commitment to getting the brief right for the precinct – articulating the new vision for Sydney will be an important next step.
“ Our members have been very generous with their input, providing full and frank advice about what is needed. We will continue to provide those insights over the coming months to the three short-listed consortia.
“We congratulate the companies who have made it through to the next stage. They bring tremendous expertise to the table and we look forward to achieving a world-class outcome from the process when it concludes,” said Ms DiMascio.