Contract signed for showgrounds redevelopment
The Acting Minister for Major Projects, John Pandazopoulos, today announced the formal signing of contracts for the $108 million redevelopment of Victoria’s much-loved icon, the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.
Mr Pandazopoulos said contracts between the joint venture partnership – which comprises the State Government and the Royal Agricultural Society – and site developer PPP Solutions were signed yesterday.
PPP Solutions is a consortium comprising financier Babcock and Brown, Multiplex Constructions, Multiplex Facilities Management, and Daryl Jackson Architects.
“This historic redevelopment will give the Showgrounds a second lease on life and allow yet another generation of Victorians to experience the Royal Melbourne Show, as well as other events through the year,” Mr Pandazopoulos said.
The Acting Minister for Agriculture, Andre Haermeyer, hailed the project as a boon for provincial Victoria.
“We are creating a new world-class showcase site for our agricultural produce, and also a place of rural spectacle, carnival, education and culture,” Mr Haermeyer said.
“The new Showgrounds will provide even more opportunities for Victoria to show off its primary industries through events that will attract multitudes of visitors from Victoria, interstate and overseas.”
Redevelopment work is already underway and is due for completion next year. Work will continue during the 2005 Royal Melbourne Show, to be held at the Showgrounds from 15-25 September.
Mr Pandazopoulos said the work would by no means compromise the ‘show experience’ etched in the minds of countless Victorians.
RAS President Jack Seymour said all elements of the Show would be on offer.
“The Royal Melbourne Showgrounds redevelopment is a great example of the type of solid and substantial infrastructure that is being undertaken by the Victorian Government in a bid to develop and leave a lasting legacy for the State,” he said.
“The 2005 Show, during which the Royal Agricultural Society celebrates its 150th Show; will offer a special preview of the look of the brand new site for the 2006 Show.”