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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have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.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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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:
Cheers Fav. Yeah, when I went past yesterday evening it didn't look so massive. But from Queen's Bridge first thing in the morning when you're not used to seeing anything of that height in the area, it did stick out like the proverbial canine gonads.
The proposed design of the towers have been changed again.

The Hilton will now be 25 levels high (just over 90 metres).
The Austexx tower will now be 30 levels high (around about 110 metres)

The new towers will better match the heights of the adjoining towers at Yarras Edge.
That's great news. :) I love the look of the towers lining the Yarra to the Bolte.
Wow, the Hilton just keeps getting taller and taller. As Grollo said these new heights integrate much better with Southbank and Yarra's Edge. Awethum.
i thoght they were bit stumpy. ive amended monthly diagrams.but what are new designs like? similar?
^^ Just for scrolling comparison. C/- Archibald. Nice big whack of barren Docklands in one go.

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Recent Docklands & Major Projects Committee report on the Convention Centre development:

Makes mention of the height increases as well as other things such as the pedestrian bridge, laneways, South Wharf sheds etc.
The flash movie on the website has the new Hotel, other mixed use tower & a 3rd design in it, according to el Maestro.
^^^ Nice movie. Is the hotel etc 6 star green thingo or just the convention centre?
Interesting how the auditorium can be altered for different events.
I just find at annoying how the carpark isnt underground, its just makes the whole project look second class.
The car park will be redeveloped as part of the Exhibition Centre expansion so it won't be around for ever. Speaking of which, that middle tower in the flythrough looks like it's on that site which explains why there's three towers, I guess they're expecting another tower to be part of the Exhibition Centre expansion plans.
crane base for large hammer head to be 170 cu.metres of concrete
you know when its being poured
thats at least 408t of concrete plus all the reo/post stress that will be in there..... awesome.

Or 31 standard size agitators.
ready to roll, keep an eye out mugs
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