More than 20 years ago the then NSW Labor Government built the Wollongong Entertainment Centre.
Since then it has hosted hundreds of events attended by thousands of guests.
The Entertainment Centre has become a key part of Wollongong's visitor economy providing opportunities to host events, attract visitors and provide local jobs - with nearby hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes and shops all sharing in the benefits.
But the Entertainment Centre is showing all the wear and tear or hosting these events. It hasn't had a major upgrade in its lifetime despite multiple reports in recent years that an upgrade is overdue.
In the 2022-23 NSW Budget, I helped secure funds to undertake the detailed planning and business case for an upgrade of the Entertainment Centre.
The development of a master plan for the precinct is expected to take up to two years. We shouldn't rush it, we need to get it right.
I will continue to work with Venues NSW and the Minister for Sport on this plan so that we have an attractive and high-quality events venue in Wollongong CBD well into the future.