When the first school term starts for the year, the city comes back to life. It’s all systems go for businesses and organisations, and Sydney Masonic Centre is no exception even while its doors are closed for renovations. 

As previously announced, SMC is undergoing multi-million dollar capital works to usher in a new era for the purpose built conference and event centre. The major rejuvenation is scheduled for completion at the end of April and there is a hive of activity going on behind the scenes. According to general manager Paul Davison, “there are consultants, designers and engineers everywhere on site daily and it’s a really exciting atmosphere to be in”.

Working from the top down, the updates to the Level 5 administration areas are nearly finished. All demolition works are complete on Level 4, making way for the creation of two new flexible conference suites each with a 140 guest capacity. Meanwhile, new equipment, furniture and carpeting is arriving on site in readiness for the Level 4 roll-out. A major technology overhaul is also underway. Installation of hearing loops and leading edge audio-visual systems has commenced, which includes concert PA systems, intelligent lighting systems, large venue projectors for improved presentations and screenings. On ground level, a light-touch refurbishment has also begun. The original grand double oak doors and frames have been removed and sent out to be re-polished. Upgrades and enhancements to the house lighting are underway. Foyer works include updating the lift lobby and reframing the entrance to significantly improve the arrival experience from Goulburn Street.

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Excitement for the year ahead is building. While the centre is closed for renovations, Paul and his team have relocated to temporary offices on the ground floor where planning for the annual staff strategy workshop is one of many projects on the drawing board. The offsite will give the SMC team a chance to envision and assess new business opportunities and align their culture and values with SMC’s mission. Paul has also lined up important staff training that makes the most of the closure period to deliver in-depth professional development. Senior staff will also attend AIME in late February in Melbourne and MEA in late March in Brisbane, to connect with interstate clients and share news of SMC’s transformation. Meanwhile, the sales team is busier than ever taking enquires and out on the road visiting clients.

“One of the things we’re looking forward to this year is growing our permanent team to manage the increasing volume of events and to further develop the outstanding customer service for which SMC is renowned,” says Paul. He envisages two new senior management roles as well as a number of operational positions.

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“Given we’re currently closed, you’d be inclined to think we’re taking a breather, however we’re just as busy as when we’re open,” notes Paul. “We can’t wait for our clients, delegates and guests to fill the building again and to have all the noise and commotion of ideas being generated, innovations being showcased and decisions being made. After all, that’s exactly what the building was designed for”.

Book now for a ‘first look’ in May 2019. Places are filling fast for morning, lunch and evening ‘famils’ that will include a tour of the newly renovated spaces, presentation of new services and facilities as well as a taste of the word-class hospitality offerings.  To book for one of our famils, follow the link: https://www.smcfc.com.au/smc-reopening-famil.html

 

Audio Visual and Broadband Internet

All spaces can be fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment to suit your requirements. Every room (except the larger Banquet Hall and Grand Lodge) has a ceiling mounted projector available for hire and a screen, flip chart and whiteboard are included. Banquet Hall and Grand Lodge have the capabtility of one or two screens either in 16:9 or 4:3 format, front or rear projection, depending on your set up and budget.

When it comes to internet, we recognise that fibre-optic internet is the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC invested in a fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing clients their own private preimuim network reaching speeds of up to 500 mpbs. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of social media and digital applications. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue and a wired in connection in every room.

More information and technical specifications are available in these tech sheets:
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Parking

SMC and Secure Parking have teamed up to offer you 15% off ALL parking products at the Secure World Square Carpark when booking online.
At the Secure Parking World Square booking page, click “BOOK NOW” next to any of the products and apply the promotional code: SMCFC16.

Arriving by train? The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.

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SMC Hotel Partners

Click on the hotel icon in the above map to see each hotel’s address, phone number and website, or download SMC’s Hotel Partner fact sheet.

 

**Access the SMC discount of 10% off the Best Available Rate using the following link at: Vibe Hotel Sydney, Travelodge Sydney and Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Central

***Access the SMC discount of 15% off the Best Available Rate using the promo code SMCFC at Veriu Central

 

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Sydney University Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5-9 March 2018

Event Type: International Conference

Delegates: 350

Key achievements: Fully flexible venue use, high speed, large-volume internet usage and special requests.

Introduction

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK) was held for the first time in Australia in March 2018. Sydney University brought the event to Australia after a winning the bid to host the conference.

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SMC the Leading Venue for Accessibility

Event Highlights

Date: Aug - Sep 2015

Event Type: Annual Meeting, Conference and Workshops

Delegates: 600

Introduction

SMC Conference & Function Centre’s (SMC) versatile spaces provide an elevated level of accessibility to all types of events via extensive accessible design, including direct access for unassisted entry, and indirect access compatible with assistive technology such as hearing loops.

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ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Event Highlights

Date: 13 February 2015

Event Type: ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Guests: 169

Key achievements: Effectively managed a high profile, high risk national event

Introduction

The objective of this event was to bring educators across the nation into an open forum, inclusive of a Q&A with the Australian Minister for Education and Training, and to be briefed on the release of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report.

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NSW Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Dinner

Event Highlights

Date: 8 November 2014

Event Type: NSW Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Event

Delegates: 200

Key achievements: Delivery of the third consecutive award event for ACS

Introduction

The Australian Cinematographers Society Awards are held annually in every major state. The NSW Awards were held on 8 November 2014 at the SMC Conference & Function Centre (SMC) Banquet Hall. There were 20 categories and 200 people in attendance including 80 nominee finalists, sponsors and members.

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Starlight Children's Foundation

Volunteer Thank You Event

Event Highlights

Date: 20 October 2014

Event Type: Starlight Children's Foundation Volunteer Thank You Event

Delegates: 120

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre’s Marble Foyer facilitated one of the largest groups of volunteers as part of the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s community

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Australian Medical Students' Association

10th Global Health Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5 — 9 September 2014

Event Type: Australian Medical Students' Association 10th Global Health Conference, workshop, social events

Delegates: 720

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre's (SMC) Plenary Hall facilitated the largest ever AMSA global health conference. AMSA engaged a wider than ever range of speakers including, for the first time, a webcast featuring a high profile speaker from the UK

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