At SMC, the multi-million dollar renovations that will transform the centre continue apace. Demolition is complete and the process of fitting out is in full swing. With over 2,700 square metres of function space, one of the key aspects that makes SMC so attractive to event organisers is flexibility.

 

As one of the only purpose-built conference and event centres in Sydney, SMC has always had versatile spaces for up to 2,190 guests across the building, and when the centre reopens in May 2019, there will be 13 contemporary designed multi-purpose spaces for organisers to combine to suit their events.

Level 1 is remarkable for majestic spaces that create a memorable impression. The Marble Foyer is an ideal registration hall, exhibition and cocktail space, the Grand Lodge is the perfect plenary for up to 600 guests, and the Banquet Hall can be booked for lunches, dinners, cocktails and awards ceremonies as well as trade shows and exhibitions. Event organisers can also make the most of another 10 rooms across all levels of SMC for concurrent sessions, meetings and break out zones.

Two recent conferences perfectly illustrate how organisations have taken advantage of SMC’s adaptable spaces for their events. The Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE) conference from 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2018 provided a forum for 290 teachers of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) to gather for a full day of workshops followed by a two-day conference with presentations, break-out sessions as well as two evening events. This opportunity for networking, resource sharing, skills development and advancing STEM education included exciting ‘hands on’ workshops such as ‘utilising Virtual Reality with fusion 360’, ‘costume design using EVA foam’, ‘making Photoshop puppets come alive’ and ‘Hollywood effects in the backyard’.

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Two exhibits from the IIATE Technology Education Conference in the Ionic Room and Marble Foyer.

SMC bookings experts helped IIATE organisers plan their technology education conference using the Grand Lodge as their plenary set in theatre style, and the Banquet Hall and Marble Foyer as exhibition areas with informal catering that made it possible for guests to network and experience the technologies on display. These large spaces proved ideal for IIATE to display the large amount of over-sized printing equipment and woodwork machinery because they are serviced by an easily accessible loading dock and goods lifts. For the evening events, IIATE’s numbers swelled to include guests of members and the Ionic Room was reset in banquet style for cocktails and a formal dinner.

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“The conference dinner was excellent. The staff went above and beyond to make this a very enjoyable event. Please congratulate all of them.”
- IIATE Conference organiser

In mid-November, the Real Estate Institute of NSW’s Women in Real Estate (WIRE) organisation used SMC’s spaces in a different way for their 2018 conference that welcomed 320 delegates. WIRE provides a network for women serious about making the most of their career in real estate. 

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WIRE Conference: Lounge set-up in the Marble Foyer and styled presentation stage in the Grand Lodge. 

Over the last 12 years, the WIRE conference has provided an environment where women can discover the keys to success in the property business and network with like-minded professionals. For this edition, the Grand Lodge plenary was set for TED talk-like presentations with a thrust stage that property stylists designed to resemble a luxurious residential lounge. The Marble Foyer was perfect as both an exhibition and informal catering space and the Banquet Hall was set for a sit down lunch. Event designers also worked closely with the Building Management team to use the in-house rigging system to suspend catering stations in the Marble Foyer to great theatrical effect.

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Suspended Poke Bowl station used the in-house rigging system in the Banquet Hall

It’s a great time to start planning your next event before SMC re-opens. Talk to SMC’s venue managers and 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, a presentation of new services and facilities as well as a taste of the world-class catering fare.  To book, 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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