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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have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.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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Don't think daniel son is all that keen on building anything in Melb, the way he and his new best mate van camp are going, they might as well go and build al arab burj, take their gear and stay there. There is no love b/w daniel son and his employees any more. His father had the most respect of any building boss in Australia, don't think too many grocon blokes would piss on ds or VC if they were on fire now.
Will be some big cranes here once it gets up & going. Expect to see hammerheads with 80m+ boom length.
Has Porsche911Turbogoreallyfast been re-incarnated??????
What convention centre???

I will be the random if required........

oh yeah, 1 really big & 5 big hammerheads and one little ram luffer, first one up about christmas.
about 1564 km north of where I would like them to be and around 100km north of where I would rather be..........
Eureka! said:
I've never seen a yacht in the Yarra.
Didn't happen to see the seven Volvo Ocean Race boats worth $20m each in january???

Another 4 months to we see real action here (ie. cranes)

It is a big site and once it gets going, this will be the 2007 SSC equivalent of Eureka.....................
Ahh, the youngster shows character and Gumption.

No kemosabe, the only bridge they went under was the Bolte bridge. The had to be tipped on their sides at 60 degree angles to make it as their masts are 33m long and the bridge only 30m or so from the water.

To make it under any of the other bridges, they would have to have been tipped at zero degrees, and even then, it would be close as they were 4m wide, and all their gear would have fallen out.

Anyway, back to topic, Verticon Group have the contract for the crane works here at the Convention Centre. :cheers:
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Eureka! said:
Yeah, I got gumption lol! You were talking about me right lol.


:hilarious :rofl: :doh:

Both much bigger.

Lull is proven by cranes on the ground in yards. Plenty to come, 6 months time but at the moment things are quiet.

Three years ago there was 90 tower cranes erected and working in Melbourne.
where da crane???????? whose/what/where???????
nice photo king of steins...

i went & had a look yesterday and was somewhat overcome with it's size also. The tower section as seen here is lying on it's side, and is 5.5m across when it is standing up. It is for a Potain crane that will lift [email protected] radius. That is massive. It can freestand 104m.

For comparison, the crane recently departed from C+Bus was freestanding 56m.
I concur with the the guess MB. Beautiful work you two crazy kids...........
Just noticed this morning that it's gone up, and a big bugger it is too.

Will try to grab some shots this evening.
Mugs, this isn't big. It is freestanding a bit, but just wait until the big one goes up, the rest of the yellow bit that is in/on the ground inside the hole there.

It will be like comparing shitty watergate with Eureka,Q1 & Burj combined.:cheers: :banana:
thats at least 408t of concrete plus all the reo/post stress that will be in there..... awesome.

Or 31 standard size agitators.
Got to deal with this puppie first.

It will be soon kemo-sabes. Lots and lots of shots please per favor etc etc.
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I would like too Tays, to tell you you the truth it probably has about the same road speed as my crane... Ha hahahahaha....

But I am otherwise occupied in a life fullfilling position so I would have to decline. ;) Thanks for thinking of me but ;)
Hello everybody..... Enough of the hissyfits and more of the action....... I need some excellent photos of the crane erections that will take place here over the next 2 months.... If you get a shot that you think rocks harder than the Wiggles, let me know. Some maybe for a worldwide publication, which of course if they are of the right angle and calibre you will be credited for in a top magazine.

If you want heaps of cash for your shots, good on you, but No interest here. Call Nat Geo; these are for a special interest magazine and you will gain huge noterity. (it's late)
it was past midnight mugs. And play on words me likes, we all love some dash.

Put photo's up you two, or at least PM me with their addressesesesesssssss....
crane 3 was going up @ luchtime today......

only 7 more to go :)
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