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Below The CCC’s new external entry; Right Outdoor function Opposite The new- look reception area

created to represent both the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, both World Heritage listed sites. It will add a large, undercover, tropically planted forecourt and expanded main entry lobby, three 110- seat meeting rooms, a 410-seat plenary lecture space, and exhibition space for up to 30 booths.The new rooftopTrinity level will feature a 500-seat banquet/ multifunctional space with adjoining pre-function space and external terrace with views over the Trinity Inlet. The entire centre will hold 2,500 delegates comfortably while the refurbished arena takes up to 5,000. Hamilton says they are getting ready to host first events next month, working through CovidSafe planning to ensure

“The centre is over 24 years old and the demand for national and international conferences has always been high,” says general manager Janet Hamilton. “No additional space has been added since the arena in 1999 and it’s important for the region’s growth that we have the ability to host larger conferences or several at once. It’s also important that the centre is upgraded with the latest technology, especially now with hybrid events becoming integral to moving forward out of the pandemic.” The extension has been designed to bring more of the region’s tropical environment inside and the inspiration for the centre’s new façade is the Wet Tropics Rainforest, the region’s oldest living rainforest. A new logo has been


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