Sydney Showground upgrade reviewed by Barry O'Farrell
The $65 million upgrade to the Sydney Showground will result in a well-planned, multi-purpose ...
The $65 million upgrade to the Sydney Showground will result in a well-planned, multi-purpose facility that can be enjoyed by Sydneysiders and visitors alike, the New South Wales premier has asserted.
During a visit to the site last week with state minister for sport and recreation Graham Annesley, Barry O'Farrell said the development will help put western Sydney on the map thanks to the high-profile events it is likely to attract, including concerts, AFL matches and the annual Royal Easter Show.
The old Sydney Showground was honoured in October with the award for Australia's Best Venue at the Australian Events Awards, beating AAMI Park and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Construction on the government-owned asset, which is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW, began in April of this year and is on schedule to be finished by next year's Royal Easter Show.
Mr O'Farrell said that the project was part of a committed effort by the government to draw more major events to western Sydney.
“The NSW government is proud to be funding this upgraded facility, in the heart of western Sydney and - for a change - set to be delivered on time and on budget,” said Mr O’Farrell.
In addition to the expanded seating capacity at the venue, new corporate facilities have also been incorporated into the redesign.
Peter King, chief executive of the RAS, said that a significant amount of economic activity will be generated in western Sydney as a result of the upgrade, something that will be of interest to potential investors in the area.
“Enhancing the stadium facilities will create an additional $446 million of economic and social value for NSW and an estimated 3,400 full-time western Sydney jobs,” he said.