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New conferencing facilities open in Byron Bay

Newly upgraded conference facilities are now open for business at the Byron Community Centre as part of an initiative to attract increased visitor expenditure from small to medium conference organisers.

The venue applied for and received nearly $29,000 in Regional Product Development Funding through Destination NSW and the North Coast Destination Network (formerly Northern Rivers Tourism).

Simon Richardson, Byron Shire Mayor, in centre, with business and community representatives at the launch of the Byron Bay conference facilities.

“The much loved Byron Community Centre has long been known for community events in Byron Shire and is now set to be known as one of the top venues for events on the North Coast of NSW” said Minister for the North Coast and Member for Ballina Don Page. “This NSW government funding aims to enable the North Coast to enhance visitor experiences and boost conference tourism from interstate and overseas markets.”

Byron Community Centre general manager and Byron Shire Councillor Paul Spooner said that the new conference facilities will be given a boost by launching a new conference package with the aim of enticing conferences, incentives and events to this unique venue.

Located in the centre of Byron Bay within walking distance to many accommodation, dining options and the beach, the Community Centre and Byron Theatre has a capacity of nearly 250, making it ideal for small to medium size conferences, business meetings and functions.

The 246 seat amphitheatre style Byron Theatre is complemented by two break-out rooms foyers, a courtyard and covered verandah. Conference organisers can book individual conference spaces or the whole venue for sole use.

Conference packages include all audio-visual equipment whiteboards and stationery. The Centre is also able to facilitate accommodation, activities and on-site catering through the Community Table Café/Bar to suit different budgets and styles of events.