The NSW Government this week announced that Glebe Island will be the home of the interim venue for exhibitions whilst Darling Harbour is redeveloped.
The interim venue to be known as Glebe Island Expo will be prepared with infrastructure and complemented with transport services from Darling Harbour.
The new site will be used in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The boat show operates at Darling Harbour next year (2013) and will return to the new, renovated Darling Harbour in 2017 in time for the Sydney Boat Show to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Domenic Genua, Marketing & Events Manager for the Boating Industry Association (BIA) said, “We are pleased that the NSW Government through Infrastructure NSW included and consulted with us from the beginning. This allowed the BIA to ensure that a solution was found that suited the industry and would allow for the best link between the temporary hall exhibits and the existing on-water displays that will remain in Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour."
"It’s still early days and there is a lot of work to be done, but we are confident that we are able to continue to deliver a first class event without interruption," Genua said.
The Sydney Boat Show started in 1968 and pioneered on water displays as part of boat shows in Australia. The show has been located in its current home of Darling Harbour since 1989. The show remains an important part of the recreational marine industry in Australia with the event fulfilling a number of core objectives for the industry.
The naming of the Glebe Island venue will help to give some certainty to the industry as plans ahead for the coming five years.
Further information at the website: www.bia.org.au.