UPGRADES IN CAIRNS
THE Queensland Government has revealed plans for a $176m expansion and upgrade of the Cairns Convention Centre.
Qld Treasurer, Curtis Pitt made the announcement in the recent state budget.
The $176m project includes refurbishment of the existing centre plus the addition of new exhibition space and meeting rooms.
It’s predicted that once completed, the centre will contribute an extra $30m for the regional economy and attract an addition 20,000 visitors to Cairns.
Ross Steele, gm of Cairns Convention Centre, said the project meant the centre could grow and attract bigger events to the city.
“The continued commitment by the state government will allow the Cairns Convention Centre to grow in line with the aspirations of the city, with new hotels, a new aquarium and continued strong investment in the city heart,” Steele said.
Construction will begin after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year.