Spice caught up with Sydney Showground general manager Peter Thorpe to find out what’s in store for the year ahead.
What are the planned infrastructure upgrades?
The main upgrades include site-wide fibre and data cable upgrade, kitchen equipment upgrades, CCTV upgrade from analogue to digital and an upgrade to 50,000 hour LED of house lighting and lighting controls within The Dome and Halls 2, 3 and 4, providing significant flexibility of use and the ability to dim all lights collectively or individually making further energy savings.
When can we expect them to be completed?
By the end of September 2015.
What are the obstacles to getting these upgrades approved?
No obstacles, these projects have all been funded and approved but need to go through a rigorous procurement process and take time to undertake in an operating venue where works have to be scheduled around client requirements.
Why do you think it’s important to have light rail access to Sydney Olympic Park?
Sydney Olympic Park corridor represents a significant urban renewal opportunity. It is a pivotal and suitable location for increased density in terms of residential, commercial, retail, educational and cultural activity, however site residents and users need quick and simple access to key areas such as Parramatta and the City. The proposed Light Rail route will provide this access.
How much will it cost?
Unknown at this stage.
Who will pay for it?
It is anticipated that private enterprise would provide 100% of the required funding subject to the required density uplift.
Where is this process up to?
It is anticipated that the NSW Government will make an announcement soon after the upcoming state election.