Plans unveiled for Maroochydore CBD convention centre

Plans for a new build convention and exhibition centre in the Maroochydore CBD have been revealed, with Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien championing the project ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

O’Brien, who is also the Prime Minister’s special envoy for the Games, says funding for the new convention centre could be split evenly between the state and federal governments.

He also said the project could tap into the International Olympic Committee’s $2 billion infrastructure fund if the convention centre hosted the Olympics preliminary basketball events.

“The building would be a multipurpose convention and performing arts exhibition centre, something that the community has been calling for, for years,” he told The Courier Mail.

“Our greatest hope of securing such an iconic building is the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

O’Brien said the Olympics provided an opportunity to build an “iconic venue that will become a lasting legacy for generations to come”.

“For years, the Sunshine Coast community has lamented the lack of a convention and performing arts centre and I believe the 2032 Games provides our greatest chance to secure such a facility,” he told The Courier Mail.