Our appearance at convention centre inquiry

Australia Forum Reference Design by Massimiliano Fuksas in association with Guida Moseley Brown

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, 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.

The Chamber has long supported the need for the development of a new convention centre facility which is a competitive current generation facility and representative of the significance of Canberra as Australia’s National Capital. The economic benefits of the proposed new convention centre, known as the Australia Forum, have been well established.

The Chamber views a new convention centre as one of the principle areas of political common ground and urges all parties, including industry to work together to make this new draw-card infrastructure a reality for the Canberra Region.

Canberra Business Chamber supports the work of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism and is committed to working with all parties to progress the development of a new convention centre for the betterment of the Canberra Region.  You can access the Chamber’s appearance before the Committee here.

An abridged summary of the Chamber’s opening remarks to the Committee is included below:

  • Canberra needs a new iconic convention centre facility to address immediate and future needs of the city
  • A new convention centre will help diversify the Canberra economy and develop it as an economic hub for the region
  • A new centre will attract tourism to the capital and raise the profile of Canberra and Australia internationally
  • Construction of the new centre will support the local construction and infrastructure industries and create local jobs
  • The current facility does not have the capacity to support existing demand, nor does it possess the facilities expected by business and government to increase Canberra’s market share in this industry
  • High quality facilities such as those articulated in Canberra Business Chamber’s Australia Forum submission, are considered essential for developing cities and are akin to airports and other public infrastructure developments
  • It is no coincidence that vibrant, innovative and creative cities have a thriving business event market and Canberra Business Chamber believes that the risk of not pursuing a new convention centre is too high and would represent an opportunity lost