First look at design drafts for Cairns Convention Centre expansion
Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt unveiled the concept drawings, saying the Centre will be completely reimagined.
“We are completely reimagining the capacity and potential of the Cairns Convention Centre as part of the revival of our CBD to ensure it’s a legacy that will benefit our region long into the future,” he said.
“The convention centre is already a big part of the local psyche as the home of the Tapians and I want it to make a lasting impression on international visitors so that they go home raving about the conferences and events we host as much as they rave about our incredible local attractions.
“I want it to be an exciting statement about who we are in the north, something that reflects our ancient cultures and environments but with a modern eye to the future.”
Pitt said given existing buildings and roads, there will be some space constraints to consider in adding a 3000sqm exhibition hall and supporting plenary space to the centre.
“That is why, these concepts provide options to expand to the North or the East with a determination to be made that provides the best benefits for Cairns, the Port and the city well into the future,” he said.
Cairns Convention Centre general manager Ross Steele said the facility is already “punching well above its weight” on the global stage but it was time for the centre to modernise and expand to enter a new phase of life.
“Investing in this kind of growth will enable us to take on new conferences and events of even greater sizes and complexity, which will cement our position on the global stage,” he said.
“An expansion will bring an additional 25 large conventions and events per year to Cairns and around 20,000 additional visitors per year to experience the wonders of the tropics. We’re estimating that that the new exhibition space will add around $30 million additional economic benefit to the region each year.”