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New convention centre, bridge for city's west
By Royce Millar
City Reporter
April 19, 2004


A new footbridge over the Yarra linking Southbank and Docklands will be part of a $330 million convention precinct the State Government is expected to announce in its April statement tomorrow.

The precinct's centrepiece will be a 5000-seat convention centre, or plenary hall, earmarked for the former Mazda site next to the Exhibition Centre, widely known as Jeff's Shed.

Business groups have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.

The State Government has been tight-lipped about details of the April statement and has refused to confirm whether the convention centre project would be included.

Government sources said they expected the project to be a public-private partnership, with a private group building the centre and leasing it to the government.

The managers of the existing exhibition centre - a government-appointed trust - are likely to run the new centre.

But the project will hinge on support from the Melbourne City Council, which will be under intense pressure tomorrow to contribute $43 million, including about $15 million for the bridge.

Yesterday's Government announcement that it would return control of Docklands to the council was clearly timed to encourage the council to support the convention centre.

Yesterday a town hall source said the council had demanded it get Docklands back in return for a contribution to the convention centre.

A private town hall briefing today will be the first formal council discussion on the project. A special council meeting to vote on the contribution has been hastily called for tomorrow to coincide with the April statement.

Lord Mayor John So strongly supports the new centre. He will have the numbers to approve a council contribution.

But the council is split, with as many as four of the nine councillors possibly opposed to council involvement.

Finance committee chairman and former Labor Party member Kevin Chamberlin said yesterday the council administration had confirmed that a large contribution would result in service cuts, a rate rise, or both.

If the convention centre was to be a public-private partnership the council should not contribute, he said.

The Committee for Melbourne called on the council to back the project.

"People come to these conventions with millions of disposable dollars and this has a remarkable knock-on effect for business in the city," executive director Janine Kirk said.

State MPs and councillors have questioned whether Melbourne needs a new centre, when existing venues such as the Docklands football stadium can seat 5000.

But the chief executive of the existing Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Leigh Harry, said that to compete for international conventions, Melbourne needed a centre with a large plenary hall, a large exhibition space, and plenty of smaller meeting rooms.

He said no existing Melbourne venue provided all three.

Mr Harry said among world cities Melbourne had slipped from fourth to 25th in the number of international conventions hosted.

He said that Melbourne's lack of convention capacity made it ineligible for 320 major international conventions.
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http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/18/1082226636118.html

New convention centre, bridge for city's west
By Royce Millar
City Reporter
April 19, 2004


A new footbridge over the Yarra linking Southbank and Docklands will be part of a $330 million convention precinct the State Government is expected to announce in its April statement tomorrow.

The precinct's centrepiece will be a 5000-seat convention centre, or plenary hall, earmarked for the former Mazda site next to the...
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Yeah the big Con centre has gotta happen, and I like the idea of the Mazda site - perfectly located next to the biggest Exhibition Centre around and all Melbourne City attractions.

Yes I too tire of hearing about 'Yet another bloody bridge' but I think a bridge between Docklands and Southbank is needed..

But then again thinking about it - thats exactly what the Yarra's Edge bridge is for - and it's not far at all from the Mazda site. Whilst up the other end the Spencer St bridge isn't that far either.
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Yeah the big Con centre has gotta happen, and I like the idea of the Mazda site - perfectly located next to the biggest Exhibition Centre around and all Melbourne City attractions.

Yes I too tire of hearing about 'Yet another bloody bridge' but I think a bridge between Docklands and Southbank is needed..

But then again thinking about it - thats exactly what the Yarra's Edge bridge is for - and it's not far at all from the Mazda site. Whilst up the other end the Spencer St bridge isn't...
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Standby for Footscray Rd to be earmarked for major redevelpoment in 10-15 years time.

I've had my eye on this road for a while. Although currently occupied by the Fruit Market, Shipping Ports, Freight Maintainence etc. - it's a perfect grandiose wide boulevard entering into Docklands just waiting to happend - in the tradition of Melbourne's other great boulevard entries (St.Kilda Rd, Flemington Rd, Victoria St, Royal Pde)

Remember you heard it here first!
zion said:
A $5 million commitment to move the wholesale fruit and vegetable market from its Footscray site, possibly to Dandenong South or Werribee.
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Standby for Footscray Rd to be earmarked for major redevelpoment in 10-15 years time.

I've had my eye on this road for a while. Although currently occupied by the Fruit Market, Shipping Ports, Freight Maintainence etc. - it's a perfect grandiose wide boulevard entering into Docklands just waiting to happend - in the tradition of Melbourne's other great boulevard entries (St.Kilda Rd, Flemington Rd, Victoria St, Royal Pde)

Remember you heard it here first!
zion said:
A $5 million...
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Just realised that a big successful convention centre could just be the stimulus for the big Shangri-La Hotel development over the bridge at Village Docklands ??
Just realised that a big successful convention centre could just be the stimulus for the big Shangri-La Hotel development over the bridge at Village Docklands ??
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Since when were politicians any f'n use ??? I agree it's ridiculous the automatic 'I must slander anything you say or do just because I'm in opposition'.

Bracksy said it would cost taxpayers $350m + $400m of potential private sector investement - so Doyle says 'Oh the government changed it's mind from $400m to $800m in one day' ... bolllocks!!

Anyway.. the render in the Feral-Pun wasn't bad. It included what looked like a 100m+ Hotel Tower in the mix ..
Since when were politicians any f'n use ??? I agree it's ridiculous the automatic 'I must slander anything you say or do just because I'm in opposition'.

Bracksy said it would cost taxpayers $350m + $400m of potential private sector investement - so Doyle says 'Oh the government changed it's mind from $400m to $800m in one day' ... bolllocks!!

Anyway.. the render in the Feral-Pun wasn't bad. It included what looked like a 100m+ Hotel Tower in the mix ..
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