- Last updated:
- 13 May 2021
Located in the heart of Maroochydore, Australia’s newest city; a mere 15 minutes from the airport; and within walking distance from beaches, shopping and dining experience – the proposed Sunshine Coast Exhibition and Convention Facility would provide the region with a modern, flexible facility within the Australian and international events and meetings market.
In June 2019 Sunshine Coast Council finalised a detailed business case for the Sunshine Coast Exhibition and Convention Facility. Development of the detailed business case has been undertaken with the support of Queensland Government funding under the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program (MIPP).
The business case outlines how an affordable, value for money project will expand tourism in the region and increase business tourism and events; increase high value and knowledge-based businesses and jobs, help other industries pursue new opportunities for growth and influence other game-changing regional projects.
The business case aligns with the Queensland Government Project Assessment Framework and Building Queensland Business Case Development Framework. It will be used to inform the detailed design and following stages of the project (once funding commitments are secured from the Federal and State governments), as well as assist Council in advocating for funding from the State and Federal governments to enable the Exhibition and Convention Facility to be built.
About the Project
To be located in the 53-hectare Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area, the Sunshine Coast Exhibition and Convention Facility is proposed to service a catchment population of more than one million people and become a business events drawcard. It will be a large and flexible events facility, catering for national and international conventions, tradeshows, exhibitions and entertainment.
The facility will be a key part of the Maroochydore City Centre development which includes a vibrant mix of waterways and parklands, apartments, mixed use retail and commercial development.
The concept of the Sunshine Coast Exhibition and Convention Facility was first canvassed in 1984. In subsequent years, a number of studies were commissioned by Council to investigate the demand for new event infrastructure and a preferred location.
In 2017, Council developed a realistic Functional Brief and Specification that defined the operating and functional elements to position the facility as a contemporary, multi-purpose venue of regional significance. The functional brief proposed an operational model with a strong commercial focus to maximise business tourism benefits and align with the vision for the Maroochydore City Centre.
The Sunshine Coast already has a number of event facilities - however the majority of these are smaller in scale. As such, a gap exists in the Sunshine Coast market for meetings, conventions and events with larger space requirements.
The new facility will attract large-scale business and other events to the region, which will be accessible by our community and create direct economic and employment benefits, as well as indirectly contributing to the promotion of exports, innovation and building of local expertise.
For more information please contact council - refer to council's Major Projects and Strategic Property.