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by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 07, 2011

Australia's New South Wales Government has called for proposals to redevelop the 30 acres surrounding the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. "We now have the opportunity to not only extend but also redevelop our existing venues to give Sydney new world-class facilities and a more vibrant events precinct," said Ton van Amerongen, CEO of the center. Originally, the site of the existing Sydney Entertainment Centre and adjoining parking lot were targeted, but the government has now called for proposals from the private sector to redevelop a much larger parcel, including the site of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, renaming the area the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct. Construction would be completed by 2016, resulting in about 430,000 square feet of exhibit and supporting meeting space for at least 10,000 delegates. The planned facilities also would cater to sporting and entertainment events for up to 12,000 people. Developers have been given six weeks to submit proposals for the site. Details are available here. The current Sydney center offers about 300,000 square feet of exhibit space.