The Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre is in prime condition to host major events following the completion of a $5 million facelift to update air conditioning, arena flooring and lighting and safer emergency exits.
Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald, who officiated at the opening, said this project honoured yet another ‘Ewen Jones election commitment’ and demonstrates the Coalition Government’s ongoing support for the Townsville region.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said these important works will extend the life of the centre as the city’s premier entertainment venue through the medium term, including for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“This is an important upgrade to the Entertainment Centre as it will allow Townsville to host international basketball fixtures during the Commonwealth Games in 2018,” Minister Nash said.
“These upgrades will ensure Townsville’s premier venue for entertainment remains in top condition to attract new events.
Senator Macdonald said a range of important repairs and upgrades were carried out as part of the project.
“This project included a major overhaul of the centre’s air conditioning systems, with the replacement of three air-cooled water chillers that will also reduce operational costs,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Work was also carried out on the centre’s roofing and drainage, internal plumbing, emergency and exit lighting systems, flooring, the arena lighting, electrical mains, IT systems and PA system.”
Ten local jobs were created during the refurbishment works.