Melbourne Showgrounds’ landmark new event and exhibition space Victoria Pavilion has been officially launched as the rejuvenation of the much-loved precinct continues.
The Andrews Labor Government has committed $1.5 million to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to develop a masterplan to maximise the potential of the precinct.
The showgrounds is the state’s largest and most versatile indoor and outdoor multi-purpose exhibition and event space, hosting 650 events and meetings a year – the most famous being the Royal Melbourne Show. More than one million visitors in total pass through the showgrounds’ gates each year.
Victoria Pavilion was officially opened by Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.
Since opening its doors in August, the pavilion has hosted a number of high-profile events including Global Table, the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, Australian Food Awards and the AFL Rising Star Award.
The 2500 square metre space can hold up to 1,800 guests but can also be configured to cater for smaller events and exhibitions.
Works started in 2018 to redevelop the existing Exhibition Hall at a cost of $9 million after the need for a purpose-built banquet and high-end exhibition space was identified by the RASV.
The upgrade included a large glassed foyer, an LED light display, enhanced audio-visual systems, an updated commercial kitchen in the adjoining Royal Block and new toilets.
Construction of Victoria Pavilion was funded by the RASV.
RASV events contribute to Melbourne’s reputation as the events capital of Australia and inject $244 million into the state’s economy, supporting local jobs in the hospitality, construction and events industries.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
“Victoria Pavilion joins our impressive portfolio of major event and exhibition spaces and is yet another reason why our state is a destination of choice for local and international event organisers.”
“The opening of Victoria Pavilion provides a glimpse into the future of the showgrounds and we’re investing in the masterplan to ensure this iconic precinct continues to thrive.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020