Events Centre plays lead role for local economy
  • Wednesday 31 August 2011

There are a million reasons to like the Events Centre, Caloundra – 1.6 million in fact.

That’s how many dollars the Sunshine Coast Council-operated facility helped contribute to the local economy in the last financial year.

Division 2 Councillor and Events Centre Chair, Tim Dwyer said the Events Centre was a highly popular destination for entertainment and corporate events.

"The size, versatility and high quality of the Events Centre allows it to host large scale corporate events on a regular basis and these events bring delegates into the Sunshine Coast from across Australia," he said.

"Delegates to these events seek accommodation, entertainment, meals, shopping and transport while they’re here and in 2010/2011 that all added up to over $1.6million for the local business sector.

The Events Centre, Caloundra played host to 178 conferences, meetings and seminars in 2010/11 that were attended by 16,446 people – 5200 of whom came from outside the Sunshine Coast region and spent an average of $316 per day locally during their visit.

Cr Dwyer said the Events Centre had faced some difficult challenges in recent months.

"Like a lot of businesses on the Sunshine Coast the economic climate and the January floods caused some of our events to be cancelled or re-located due to water damage at the Events Centre," he said.

"Some corporate events were cancelled or downsized significantly due to their own financial constraints.

"Ticket sales for performances were also very slow at times due to the tight economic times and this caused the cancellation of some events a significant drop in ticket sales income."

"For the Events Centre to remain such a popular drawcard despite those difficulties is a real testament to its versatility and the hard work and professionalism of the staff."

More than 47,500 people attended 135 shows at the Events Centre last year. Another impressive list of performances is headed to Caloundra in 2011/2012 including:

  • Ballet Revolution from Cuba
  • Ross Noble
  • The imperial Russian Ballet Company
  • Julius Caesar – Bell Shakespeare Company
  • Dora the Explora
  • Suzi Quatro
  • The inaugural Arty Pants Kids Festival

The Events Centre will also host the Queensland Government Mining and Gas Industry Employment Expo in October.