Vacc Welcomes Mcec Expansion

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For immediate use                                                                             November 3 2010

VACC welcomes Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion

VACC, joint owners of the Australian International Motor Show, has welcomed the

Brumby Government’s announcement to expand the Melbourne Convention and

Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Tourism and Major Events Minister, Tim Holding, recently confirmed the MCEC would

receive a $242 million, 12,000 square metre, extension, making the floor plan 40 per

cent bigger. The MCEC will be the largest centre of its kind in Australia and the

Southern Hemisphere, at a total of 42,000 square metres, when construction is

completed mid-2014. 

The Minister’s media conference was also attended by VACC Executive Director,

David Purchase. For many years, VACC, on behalf of the Motor Show, has called for

bigger and better facilities, most recently, in VACC’s State Election Issues document. 

“VACC has repeatedly called for more space on the South Wharf Precinct because we

need to satisfy the demands of Motor Show crowds and international exhibitors. The

Brumby Government’s announcement is good news for the Australian International

Motor Show and good news for all Victorians,” VACC Executive Director, David

Purchase, said.

“More international exhibitor participation and bigger crowds will create more jobs and

bring more business to the local economy.

“The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is already a magnificent facility but

with this expansion, it will be without equal in Australia. It will also cement Victoria as

the business capital of Australia, in much the same way, as the sporting stadia make

Melbourne the nation’s sporting capital.

“The Victorian Government deserves credit for taking this decisive action and credit

should also go to MCEC Chief Executive, Leigh Harry, and members of the MCEC

Trust for their commitment to the facility,” Mr Purchase said. 

Minister Holding confirmed that lobbying by VACC had played a part in the Victorian

Government’s decision to expanding MCEC.

“We very much thought of the Motor Show when we had these plans in mind,” Minister

Holding said. 


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