Update on Canberra Convention, Entertainment Centre Precinct

Funding will be provided in the 2024-25 ACT Budget to enable the Government to continue planning and development of a new Canberra Convention and Entertainment Centre. The new Centre will form part of an events and entertainment precinct in the south east of the CBD.

Master-planning for the new precinct, proposed for the south east section of the CBD that includes the current convention centre site and the Canberra Olympic Pool site, will see major progress with concept designs to be developed for an integrated convention and entertainment centre for live music, events and performances that will fill a gap in our current indoor event facilities.

The Government will invest in site investigations and concept design options for the replacement of the ageing Canberra Olympic Pool to provide aquatic facilities for the city's growing population in Commonwealth Park.

We will continue to work with the Australian Government under the National Capital Investment Framework and through the Urban Precincts and Partnerships Program to progress city-shaping infrastructure projects such as the Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Quotes attributable to ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr:

"The proposed new Convention and Entertainment Centre in Canberra's CBD is a key, city shaping project that will define the city centre.

"Planning and design work to get the project investment ready is the next step outlined in the ACT Government's infrastructure pipeline.

"The project is an important asset for our local tourism and business sector, while the entertainment centre will ensure that Canberra is a much more attractive tour option for live music and entertainment.

"As Canberra's population nears half a million people, we are getting on with the job of building our city's future."

Artist impression of the new Canberra Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Artist impression of the interior of the new Canberra Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Artists impression for illustration purposes only.

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