ICC Sydney on track for December opening

The International Convention Centre Sydney is on track for completion this December, said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and New South Wales premier Mike Baird.

The pair was on site to view the recent lift of ICC Sydney’s exhibition centre roof – an engineering feat reserved usually for aircraft hangers, bridges and stadiums.

Baird said that the new centre would provide a boost of A$200 million every year to the New South Wales economy.

“ICC Sydney is making great progress – it will truly cement Sydney as the number one place to live, work and do business, and retain its rightful place on the international stage,” he added.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said international interest in the venue is soaring with close to 40 major international conventions having now been secured alongside 50 exhibitions.

“Kicking off the 2017 exhibition season is the Reed Gift Fair, which takes up all halls across the centre, and is expected to attract 500 exhibitors, 20,000 buyers and see millions of dollars transact as a result,” said Donaghy.

ICC Sydney is the centrepiece of the NSW Government’s A$3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour which includes three interconnected and flexible buildings that can host conventions, exhibitions and entertainment events; public spaces and parkland alongside 35,000 sqm of internal exhibition space and a 5,000 sqm open air event deck.

Constance said that 7,000 people have worked across the site since construction began. The centre is now recruiting for 2,000 in-house event staff.

“Infrastructure investment is pivotal to our economy and the liveability of our state and creates huge benefits both during construction and well into the future.”

“Right now we are delivering Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct in the heart of our glorious city, and already it is making a remarkable contribution to jobs and the state’s economy.”

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