Sydney’s premier contemporary performance space ‘Carriageworks’ is set for exciting overhaul, under a state government plan announced this morning.
The multi-arts venue in the historic Eveleigh rail yards will be transformed into a multi-billion dollar Casino.
“This is a step forward for Sydney as a premier international destination,” says NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “Tourists want pokies and gaming tables.”
After hosting major events such as Fashion Week and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Carriageworks announced on Monday that Coronavirus had forced it into administration.
“Cultural institutions are nice things to have, but we need venues that will drive revenue for the state of New South Wales,” says Ms Berejiklian.
The Casino will be run by Echo Entertainment, owners of the Star Casino a few kilometres away at Pyrmont.
But the Premier has committed to honouring the venue’s cultural legacy, by ensuring the Casino is called ‘The Star at Carriageworks.’
“The Casino will be ready to open as soon as the lockdown ends,” she says.
More to come.