A wealth of sports and infrastructure opportunities in New South Wales

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On 21st April at the request of the New South Wales (NSW) government, MEI Members were invited to an intimate roundtable meeting with Minister Stuart Ayres who is responsible for major events as part of his week-long European tour where he also visited the IMEX show in Frankfurt.

MEI Members participating in the roundtable event, chaired by MEI CEO Dennis Mills, included innovative payment solution provider Verteda and Touch of Ginger, the Cambridge-based company behind the Rugby World Cup 2015 medals.

Sixteen years on from the Olympic Games held in the NSW capital, Sydney there are multiple sporting event and stadia redevelopment projects planned in the east coast state. Sydney, for example, will be one of the host cities for the Rugby League World Cup taking place across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in 2017.

The Minister talked openly about the infrastructure agenda in NSW with 2016 seeing the opening of the new international convention centre that has already attracted numerous international events. The NSW government recently also announced its plans to fund a complete rebuild of 30,000 capacity ANZ stadium in the west of Sydney. Additional venues getting an overhaul include the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), 25,000 seater Spotless stadium and there are plans for a new rectangular stadium in outer western Sydney.

Minister Ayres reiterated that there are a number of ‘tier 2’ venues that will need reprofiling in the next decade, to update them and align with modern multi-purpose venues. He recommended that companies interested in these opportunities should speak directly to the local councils who own the venues and will be responsible for tendering.

The Minister candidly posed a question to attendees regarding Japan and their plans for the Olympic Games in 2020. He stressed that Australian companies are geographically well-located to bid for opportunities, working with international companies to build capacity and share best practice.

The event ended with a networking lunch and MEI agreed to follow up with the Minister with the view to taking a delegation of companies interested in these opportunities to NSW in late 2016 or early 2017.


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