Published on : Wednesday, July 8, 2020
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is likely to reopen for business after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening will serve as a boon for the tourism and event sectors. Cameron Dick, Queensland Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and the Minister responsible for BCEC mentioned that as a part of the Queensland Government’s economic recovery strategy, ‘Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs’, the Palaszczuk Government is dedicated to get majority of Queenslanders back to work as soon as possible.
He mentioned that as Queensland deals with the worldwide economic fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic it is essential to keep citizens engaged in jobs. He said as that as the pandemic continues to accelerate globally, the government will continue to stay resolutely focused on getting Queenslanders back to work. He informed that BCEC has 207 permanent staff, and up to 550 casual staff who are hired for events and it is pleasing to know that workers and visitors will return to the job-generating venue in forthcoming weeks and months.
He also informed that events will start once again in August and act as another positive step forward to help deliver Queensland’s plan to save jobs as the state move forward towards economic recovery. He shared that the convention centre was being considered as an emergency overflow venue if required during the pandemic only a few months ago and said that it is due to the hard work of Queenslanders that the centre is reopening quickly. He also announced that BCEC had received approval from Queensland Health to resume operations under the Centre’s Site Specific COVID Safe Plan.
He added that the venue will ensure that the health and safety of people are maintained and said that the sheer size of the venue would successfully enable the physical distancing requirements that are currently required as part of the mitigation measures against COVID-19. Authorities have also developed a plan in collaboration with the Palaszczuk Government and health authorities covering all areas of and are underpinned by hygiene, health and safety protocols of the highest standards. Bob O’Keeffe AM, General Manager, BCEC further added that authorities are looking forward to welcoming events back to the centre and have already started attracting much sought after and high yield business events to Brisbane and Queensland.