Canberra Business Chamber and Canberra Convention Bureau have been lobbying local and federal government for several years for the construction of the Australia Forum, a national convention and meeting centre incorporating a Centre for Dialogue, that will be an iconic building matching the quality of the National Capital’s other major national institutions, to support national, regional and international events and conversations.
Canberra Business Chamber Appearance at the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism’s Inquiry into a new convention centre for Canberra.
On Tuesday 8 August 2017, Canberra Business Chamber appeared before the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism’s Inquiry into a new convention centre for Canberra. This appearance builds on a submission made by the Chamber in May 2017.
“To fulfil its role as the nation’s capital, Canberra needs a venue of the scale, security, design and character that is appropriate for hosting major meetings of international and national importance
The proposed Australia Forum convention centre is envisaged as a place for people to come together in celebration, to be inspired and entertained, to engage in meaningful conversations and to voice their opinions.
It will be a place where meetings of significance will stimulate industry and knowledge development, a place that fosters new relationships between government, the business community, academia and the people of Australia.”
(The Australia Forum Scoping Study – April 2011)
Australia Forum Reference Design by Fuksas and Guida Moseley Brown
The reference design for the Australia Forum clearly demonstrates the new convention centre can be an iconic building in an iconic location which will draw visitors to the ACT. The design by internationally-renowned architect Massimiliano Fuksas in association with Guida Moseley Brown, was unveiled on 29 June 2015.
While construction of the Australia Forum is still at the planning phase and cannot become reality without future public and private sector funding, the reference design is an important step forward. We are pleased the ACT Government has supported this project to date and committed funds in the Budget to get the Australia Forum to investment ready stage.
The site earmarked for the Australia Forum is the city edge of the Parliamentary Triangle. It is important we ensure this section of the Parliamentary Triangle houses a building of national significance to match its status as part of the heart of Australian democracy. We believe this design will be a catalyst to complete development of the Parliamentary Triangle and implement the City to the Lake plan.