Con­ven­tion cen­tre slated

Sunshine Coast Daily - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS HERDE

A MEL­BOURNE-based prop­erty group has in­creased its com­mit­ment to the Sunshine Coast with the devel­op­ment of a new con­ven­tion cen­tre.

The Shake­speare Prop­erty Group will build an $8 mil­lion con­ven­tion cen­tre within the Novo­tel Twin Wa­ters Re­sort, which the com­pany for­mally took over last month in a $100 mil­lion deal.

Shake­speare chief ex­ec­u­tive Yak Yong Quek said the new con­ven­tion cen­tre recog­nised the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the busi­ness and events space.

“Our vi­sion for con­tin­ued devel­op­ment and in­vest­ment in Queens­land – not least of all here on the Sunshine Coast – is to cre­ate su­pe­rior con­fer­ence and ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions that sup­ports over­all eco­nomic and cul­tural growth for the com­mu­ni­ties we op­er­ate in,” he said.

“We are confident that fur­ther in­vest­ment in in­fras­truc­ture such as this will in­crease the ca­pac­ity for the Sunshine Coast to at­tract sig­nif­i­cant events, con­fer­ences and ex­hi­bi­tions, with po­ten­tial to cater to the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional travel mar­kets.”

The new 1600sq m con­ven­tion cen­tre, which will open in April, will of­fer four dif­fer­ent meet­ing and event spa­ces. It will cater for 2000 del­e­gates theatre-style, or 1000 ban­quet­style.

The con­ven­tion cen­tre has been de­signed to seam­lessly at­tach to the ex­ist­ing Wandiny Pav­il­ion con­fer­ence space, push­ing over­all ca­pac­ity to 3400 peo­ple.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said Shake­speare Prop­erty Group’s com­mit­ment was a show of con­fi­dence in the Sunshine Coast.

“The Sunshine Coast re­ceives about 10 mil­lion tourists each year, has 30,000 plus busi­nesses and is one of the fastest-grow­ing economies in Aus­tralia and we need our in­fras­truc­ture to keep up.

“With our fo­cus on at­tract­ing ma­jor con­fer­ences and events to the re­gion, this in­vest­ment is timely and will be a wel­come boost to the wider econ­omy, cre­at­ing new jobs and sup­port­ing oth­ers con­nected to the ho­tel and con­ven­tion in­dus­try sup­ply chain.”

Cr Jamieson said pre­vi­ously, the Coast had been un­able to cater for big events be­cause it lacked the space but this in­vest­ment would open doors do­mes­ti­cally and abroad.

The con­ven­tion cen­tre will be con­structed by Hutchin­son Builders and was de­signed by Med­hurst Ar­chi­tects.

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