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Sydney Showground Update #1/August 2013
09 August 2013

We're very excited about the next few years and we are certainly gearing up to ensure that we provide you and your clients with the best possible offering.
In this issue we provide an update on the following:
1. 10,000sqm Building Progress
2. Brand Development Project Update
3. 2013 Restaurant & Catering Awards Finalists
4. Supporting Each Other


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NEWS ALERT: Age Restriction 15+ at Soundwave 2013 – Sydney
22 January 2013

Due to changes in venue licensing arrangements at Sydney Showground (effective immediately) Soundwave 2013 Sydney can no longer accommodate patrons who are under the age of 15. This supersedes the previous policy which permitted patrons under the age of 15 to attend the event with a responsible adult. If you are a ticket holder aged 14 or under you are able to obtain a refund (NB You will need to notify Oztix prior to COB Friday 22nd February 2013 to obtain your refund)
We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience to our younger patrons and if you have any trouble obtaining a refund for your ticket please email where your enquiry will be addressed.


The following ID requirements will apply to the Soundwave Sydney 2013 event:

18+ Born no later than 24th February 1995
MUST produce a current photo ID (student card, passport, drivers licence)

16 – 17 Born 25th February 1995 - 24th February 1997
MUST produce current photo ID (student card, passport, drivers licence)
If no photo ID can be produced, you will be process as being 15.

15 Born 25th February 1997 – 24th February 1998
MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult and hold a current photo ID (student card, passport, drivers licence)
If no photo ID, the responsible adult MUST be able to verify you are 15+.
All Guardians MUST have current photo ID and a mobile contact number. Photo ID and mobile numbers of all Guardians will be entered into the Olympic Park Venue Management System.

- 15 Born after 24th February 1998
Not permitted to attend the event.

All patrons MUST have an official Soundwave Wristband displayed on their wrist at all times whilst inside the festival. Any patron not wearing an official wristband will be evicted from the festival.

The Team at Oztix
On behalf of Soundwave



Sydney Showground savours sweet success
26 September 2012

Sydney Showground has been recognised at the 2012 NSW Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence, awarded “Best Caterer at a Major Event”.

The award is in recognition of a gala dinner for Showground client Flight Centre, attended by 1,900 people and staged in The Dome.

Winning this prestigious award proves Sydney Showground sets the industry benchmark in hosting and catering for major events within a world class venue, complete with world class food and service.

 Peter Thorpe, Sydney Showground General Manager said the accolade is a great honour as the judging process not only focuses on the dining experience, but also the sales process, service and wow factor on the night.

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Australian International Motor Show heading to Sydney Olympic Park in 2014
13 June 2012

In a joint statement released today, Sydney Showground and the Australian International Motor Show Joint Venture have confirmed that the 2014 and 2016 Sydney-based Motor Shows will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

The 2012 Australian International Motor Show in October will remain at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) which is scheduled to close at the end of next year, in preparation for an extensive three-year expansion and redevelopment project – leaving the Sydney Shows in need of a new venue.

A number of options were reviewed with the first-class Sydney Showground exhibition facilities at Sydney's Olympic Park finally decided as the home for the 2014 and 2016 Shows.

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Premier opens $65M redeveloped Sydney Showground Stadium
23 May 2012

NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley today officially opened the upgraded Sydney Showground Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park ahead of Greater Western Sydney's first home game at the ground on Saturday night.

"The NSW Government's investment has created a multi-purpose facility in the heart of Western Sydney," Mr O'Farrell said.

"Western Sydney residents are the big beneficiaries of this upgrade, with the establishment of yet another first class sporting facility in the region," he said. It's been a big week for Western Sydney sports fan, with Mr Annesley opening the revamped Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek. Mr O'Farrell said the stadium redevelopment had been jointly funded by the NSW Government ($45 million), the Australian Football League ($12 million) and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW ($7 million).

Key features of the upgrade include:

  • new grandstands to the North East and South East of the Stadium;
  • an increase in capacity from approximately 13,000 to 25,000, with all additional capacity seated and 40,000 capacity in concert mode; and,
  • upgraded corporate hospitality, bars and function space, as well as new media facilities and improved audio and sound systems.

"The Sydney Showground is a unique venue with an outstanding international reputation for featuring some of Australia's most interesting events including sporting events, concerts, conferences and festivals.

"It plays an important role in promoting the economic and social heritage of our rural sector by delivering Australia's largest event - the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

"The showground also serves as the home ground for the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL team," Mr O'Farrell said.

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Sydney Showground venue team named the best in the business
7 December 2011

Sydney Showground was the big winner at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Annual Awards for Excellence last night, taking out one of the evening’s most sought after titles – Best Venue Team.

Presented by Australia and New Zealand’s peak event and exhibition industry association, the award recognises the outstanding role the Sydney Showground team plays in facilitating more than 400 exhibitions, conferences, festivals, launches and events each year.

Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW, Chief Executive Peter King said the Sydney Showground team is thrilled to be recognised for the hard work and dedication to the service of our clients.

“Sydney Showground is a unique venue and its reputation has been built by a world class team who have delivered some of Australia’s most iconic and unusual events. Our team demonstrates real passion for the events industry and are committed to delivering outstanding results for our clients,” said Mr King.

Over the past twelve years, the 130 staff members have staged in excess of 4800 events which have played host to a staggering 11 million plus patrons, enabling the team to develop the right skills and knowledge to provide clients with event management expertise that is second to none.

The EEAA award for Best Venue Team complements another prestigious award won Sydney Showground just two months ago - Best Venue at the 2011 Australian Event Awards.

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Sydney Showground Stadium development on track
23 November 2011

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and the Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley will today inspect progress on the $65-million Sydney Showground Stadium upgrade at Sydney Olympic Park.

Beginning in April this year construction of the new multi-purpose Stadium is well on track for completion in March 2012, ready to host Australia’s largest event - the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Set to be the best boutique Stadium in Australia, seating capacity will grow from13,000 to 25,000, complete with new covered grandstands, corporate facilities and the largest video screen in the Southern Hemisphere.

Premier Barry O’Farrell said the Stadium will be a fantastic multi-purpose facility for the people of Western Sydney – from the Sydney Royal Easter Show to AFL matches, other sporting events, concerts and festivals.


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Sydney Showground names best venue, 2011 Australian Event Awards
7 October 2011

Sydney Showground was a big winner at the Australian Event Awards last night, triumphing over considerable competition to take out one of the night’s most sought after titles – Best Venue

With all six states represented, the 2011 Australian Event Awards is the national awards program which rewards innovation and celebrates outstanding achievements across Australia’s thriving events industry, from major sporting tournaments and arts festivals, to charity events and business conferences.

The Best Venue award recognises the outstanding role Sydney Showground plays in facilitating more than 400 exhibitions, conferences, festivals, launches and events each year. The diverse range of events hosted by Sydney Showground include the Sydney Royal Easter Show – the largest event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 supercars, Big Day Out, Better Homes and Gardens LIVE and most recently AIMEX – one of the world’s top mining exhibitions and the largest ever trade show to be held in Australia.

RAS Chief Executive Peter King said the Sydney Showground team is thrilled to have been recognised for their hard work and dedication in delivering events for our clients. “Sydney Showground is a diverse event and event management facility offering exceptional choice and flexibility. Sydney Showground’s reputation has been built by a world class team who have delivered some of Australia’s most iconic and creative events,” said Mr King.

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