Published on : Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Cairns Convention Centre experienced a successful milestone moment with a ground-breaking ceremony of the expansion phase of the $176 million project. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned that this development plan will soon expand and deliver a major boost to the Far North’s economy when economies around the world were impacted by the global pandemic.
Premier mentioned that Queensland is perfect and response is quick as due to health crisis several lost their jobs, and this is one of the recovery plans to boost economy. He added further that by deciding on the expansion plan of the convention centre they will not only support with creating job opportunities, but it is expected that this world-class venue which will draw an extra 20,000 visitors to the region annually. And hence, a continuous flow of cash will boost the economic condition. An additional $50 million injected into the local economy each year.
Cairns MP Michael Healy mentioned that the start of expansion works complements refurbishment already underway at the site. The renovation work will included 570 people working on this site between now and final completion of the expansion in 2022.
The Queensland procurement policy confirms a recovery of economic condition. About 223 of the 256 workers inducted on site call Cairns home, that’s an 87 per cent local workforce. Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni mentioned that the Convention Centre might be appreciated and might win a hat-trick for world’s best convention centre.
Mr de Brenni said that the upgrades to the existing convention centre were on track and will be completed by February 2021.