The Countdown Begins – CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park to Open in September

Associations Forum National Conference announces venue will host 2021 event

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, a new state-of-the-art conference and events centre on Melbourne’s doorstep, has today announced it will soon be unveiled to the world, with its doors opening in September this year.  

The announcement comes as the Associations Forum National Conference confirmed the venue as its 2021 host, welcoming hundreds of senior executives and board members from across Australia to the events capital, taking place 6–7 September.  

General Manager of the Associations Forum, Fatima Sunderji, said that the decision to partner with CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park was a perfect match, with excitement already building across the industry to reconnect face-to-face.   

“The Associations Forum’s mission is bringing associations together to share knowledge and best practice within the industry, through our range of member services and educational events. We are so thrilled to bring back physical events and what better way to do this than by holding our 16th National Conference in Melbourne. In partnership with CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, this premier event will shine the spotlight on this major destination for business events.

“We are so honoured to be the first National Conference to make its mark on this state of the art venue and can’t wait for our associations, charities and not-for-profit organisations to experience this firsthand.” 

With flexibility for both small and large scale events, the new venue—spanning across three storeys—has capabilities to host intimate dinners, weddings, cocktail parties, conferences, galas or functions, and more. 

On top of this, guests can easily access the venue from rail, road, path and river, while enjoying the scenic surroundings of dynamic Melbourne, native Australian flora and fauna, and neighbouring Yarra River.   

General Manager of Premier Events & Experiences, Lara Burnes, has been eagerly anticipating the grand opening after more than four years of planning and three years of construction, and she is excited to welcome the world to Melbourne’s new home of extraordinary events.    

“It’s been a long time coming and the team and I are buzzing with excitement to welcome Australians, and guests from abroad, to experience unparalleled events that leave you in awe.  

“With CENTREPIECE located within our iconic Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct, the new venue will also become the official media centre for the Australian Open 2022. This year we were able to enjoy a sneak peek into how our venue will support the Aus Open, as well as interact with its surrounding sister venues.  

“So far, Melbourne & Olympic Parks has already welcomed over 250,000 guests across 60 event days in 2021, and we cannot wait to officially open the doors to CENTREPIECE. We look forward to helping our industry supercharge events for this year and beyond.”  

For those interested in experiencing the venue firsthand ahead of the grand opening, hard hat tour expressions of interests are now open. With the completion only a few months away, there are limited opportunities to experience the venue whilst its in construction.  

For hard hat tour or event booking interest, please contact Laura Reddaway, Conference & Sales Manager, lreddaway@mopt.vic.gov.au or visit centrepiecemelbourne.com.au for more information. To follow CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park’s journey, visit Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.