Upgrade Wollongong Entertainment Centre

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly in the Parliament assembled, this petition of citizens of New South Wales, brings to the attention of the House the need to upgrade the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. The undersigned petitions therefore call on the Berekjiklian Government to allocate funds for a full upgrade of the Wollongong Entertainment Centre in the June 2020 Budget. 

We note that the venue is over 20 years old and has not had a significant upgrade during this period. 

We also bring to the attention of the House that recently the Illawarra Hawks basketball team were forced to abandon a nationally televised basketball game; seats at the venue are old and broken; international performing artists have stopped mid-performance calling for an upgrade and Wollongong is set to host the UCI 2022 Road World Championships in September 2022 and will need a global hub for the event that works. 

It's time to upgrade the Wollongong Entertainment Centre to provide a renovated conference and entertainment venue for the third largest city in New South Wales.