Harvey Lister calls for GCCEC expansion ahead of 2032 Olympic Games

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Harvey Lister, ASM Global’s Asia Pacific chairman and CEO, has thrown his support behind upgrading and expanding the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) rather than build a new indoor stadium ahead of the 2032 Queensland Olympic Games.

Lister said he supported the Gold Coast City Council’s push for a major indoor arena for the Gold Coast and would discuss the project with Mayor Tom Tate.

“We are firmly committed to providing world class entertainment and indoor sport outcomes in the lead up to the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” Lister told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“We are aware of the various sites that are being considered.

“However, for us, an expansion of the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre into the city’s ‘global event hub’ is an absolute no brainer.”

Lister said he wanted the most cost effective solution, with some estimates suggesting an expansion of the GCCEC would cost less than half the $750 million to construct a new venue.

“If you had a blank canvas for the city of the Gold Coast and asked what is the best possible location now and into the future, the convention centre site in Broadbeach wins hands down,” Lister said.

Lister cited GCCEC’s location next to The Star precinct, Pacific Fair and the light rail.

“It is such a compelling location that it would need comprehensive reasons for the new hub not to be recognised as the right site,” he said.

“We believe entirely with the Mayor’s vision for attracting truly international events, and this project would align perfectly with the Gold Coast City Council’s vision through its new Gold Coast Experience body.”