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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have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.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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That looks like an EXTREMELY large plot of land for a convention center. I think half of that or AT MOST 3 quarters of that would be enough. They could use the remaining part for some tallies perhaps, or even a large shopping mall.
Is this crane for the hotel or the actual convention center?
Anyone else catch 9 news tonight? The scraper is now going to have an extra 5 stories on it!! Also they are saying the whole project is in dissaray as they have not planned correctly, and rushed through the planning process, so vehicle access, pedestrian access has to be re-planned. They say there will be massive delays in this project, this dispite a conferrence being booked in 2 years....
Naturally... I didn't expect this project to run smoothly as it's backed by the state government.
The Hilton's 25 storeys and about 90m Mixed Use is 30 storeys and about 110m.
What buildings would that make it equivilant to?
What's bloody new? Every project in Melbourne since Braxy became premier has had dozens of contoversies, been way over-budget and been severely delayed.

In NSW, things just get done. Look how many tunnels, subways and roads they are building!

When Kennet was premier, things went much more smoother and according to plan, e.g. CityLink.
Piss off moron its a public /private project using PRIVATE CONTRACTORS and PRIVATE sector money.

I suggest you post only when you know the facts and than you wont look so stupid:bash: BTW how old are you 12?
Well thanks very much for that friendly reminder! I sincerely apologise for stating an incorrect fact. Can you ever forgive me?

Oh and next time you want to make another childish, rude, vulgar and insulting rant, just think how it will make you look by the language you use.

By the way, did you even bother to read the terms and conditions of the forum when you registered?
Yeah, the cross city tunnel and the Millenium Train in Sydney are a couple of great examples of NSW getting things done :)
Don't forget the Epping to Chatswood underground railway line and the Lane Cove tunnel.
The Hilton's 25 storeys and about 90m Mixed Use is 30 storeys and about 110m.
Correct me if I'm wrong but the Hilton is being built on top of the Convention Center? Anyway is it 90m from the lobby of the center or 90m from the roof of the center to the roof of the Hilton?
^^ GOOD! F*CK EM!:lol:

It's time people realised that the whole of Australia's business reputation doesn't revolve around Sydney and that Melbourne is willing and making an effort to put it on the map.

IMO we will see more tourists, business travellers and hopefully new airlines as a result of this convention center.

I think Sydney is slowly starting to lose its star status to the world and I would like to know from anyone if they think that Melbourne's status will be raised to a "global city" as a result of this.
This shows that the Victorian aviation industry NEEDS to be allowed to grow. Unless nothing happens, it will be extremely difficult for those 37,000 delegates to get here.

Otherwise, VERY GOOD NEWS!
As this is predicted to turn Melbourne into a major business destination hopefully some companies will settle here and we could finally get a HSBC tower!:lol:
Back to the Convention Center, in all your opinions, how do you think the new CC will transform Melbourne into a business city? Will it make Melbourne rank towards the top among the most popular business cities?
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