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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.

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