Canberra Liberals Move For Next Step On New Convention Centre

The Canberra Liberals will look again to steer the ACT in the right direction on business infrastructure, calling on the Government to put the building blocks in place for a new convention centre, Shadow Minister for Economic Development Brendan Smyth said today.

“I will move a motion in the Assembly today calling on the Government to establish a Trust to oversee the development and implementation of the ‘investment ready’ plan by 30 June 2014,” Mr Smyth said.

“I will also move that the Government table work conducted on the ‘investment ready’ plan by the last sitting day of this year, and to complete the plan by 30 June 2015.

“It’s been more than 12 years since ACT Labor promised a new site for a convention centre, yet even with the ACT Labor/Green agreement to ‘progress the Australia Forum to investment ready’, it has failed miserably.

“A new convention centre is a project that makes sense and will be good for Canberra. Demand for conference and convention space has been strong and it will position us for future growth.

“While ACT Labor gets bogged down in financially destructive projects, the Canberra Liberals are ready to open Canberra to global markets and tell the world this city is open for business,” Mr Smyth concluded.