Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
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The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is a privately owned convention centre located in Perth, Western Australia which contains state-of-the-art technical facilities, six exhibition pavilions, a 2,500 seat theatre, banquet/ballrooms and 23 meeting rooms.
Built by Multiplex and officially opened in August 2004 by the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop, MLA, Premier of Western Australia, its construction was extremely controversial, owing to an overblown budget and an unprepossessing external appearance. It has been described as a "Soviet-era mausoleum" and a "giant grey cockroach", as well as a white elephant whose financial viability has been questionable. However, it made it possible for Perth to host the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), with heads of state and official delegates of more than 50 member countries.
The centre is on the Swan River river foreshore, close to the Perth CBD, between Mounts Bay Road and the Mitchell Freeway off-ramp and its rooms variously command extensive views of the city and Swan River.
It is WA's only purpose-built convention centre and can cater for functions of up to 5000 delegates. The project was aimed at attracting major conventions to Perth, with the State's tourism and hospitality industries in mind. The current general manager is Mr Dean Lee.
A nearby 138-room hotel, called the Medina Grand, provides accommodation support for the centre.
The centre has two public lifts, one travelling from the underground car park, through level one, concluding at level two; the other from level two to level three.
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- Perth Convention Exhibition Centre site
- Aerial view of Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (Google Maps)