On 3 April 2019, SMC welcomed their new Head Chef Regan Petersen multi-million dollar renovation program who quickly had all the burners roaring in the newly refurbished kitchens.

Regan is a graduate of Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, where he studied Hospitality Management & Professional Cookery and brings to SMC 20 years of industry experience in leading restaurants, hotels and venues across South Africa and Australia. In 2013, Regan was Finalist for Chef of the Year at the Australia Hotel Association NSW Awards for Excellence.

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For Regan, cooking is in his blood. His family has a hotel background and says he was always in the kitchen. His sister is also a pastry chef. “From an early age, I knew I wanted to work with food,” he recalls. Books like Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential provided another layer of inspiration as did the chance to get a behind the scenes look at the kitchens in any restaurant or hotel he visited.    

Since starting, Regan has set about making SMC’s kitchens, catering staff, menus and dishes his own. He has quickly built a dream team of six around him with one chef, one sous chef, 4 chef de parties and one new apprentice on board. “Our new chef has come across from Rick Stein’s at Bannisters Mollymook and has worked internationally. He is very skilled in international cuisines and traditional cooking methods. Regan is a master at managing and training staff. He identified the potential in a long serving kitchen hand and she has now signed on as his apprentice, which is an ideal step in fulfilling her long-held desire to be a qualified professional chef. A great example of employee engagement, promoting from within and always cultivating staff development opportunities that are part of SMC’s ‘community values pillar’.

“I really like a team with diverse expertise as I think we all learn so much from the people you work with as well as those you’ve worked for,” says Regan.

In his first weeks on deck, Regan put his own twist on the menus and dishes for clients who’d booked events where the catering was set by the previous chef. Now he is working on new menus defined by the freshest ingredients, seasonal themes and expert presentation. Sustainable catering and eating is a particular focus of this consumption conscious chef. Using each product in its entirety – from nose to tail, root to shoot, beak to claw – is an ideal way to reduce waste and gives Regan and his team the opportunity to showcase different techniques and highlight diverse flavours. “It’s really about making the most of every ingredient,” explains Regan.

SMC Catering 3Clients and delegates at SMC for multi-day events will eat their way around the world of flavours. One day might be modern Australian fare, the next could be French inspired, another might have an Italian spin and the following day could be Asian by design. On any given day, Regan and his team could be cooking for 20 to 600 people per event. Every dish has to be perfectly balanced for flavour and every plate has to be picture perfect.  

“People eat with their eyes and you can really see that there is so much love on these new plates,” comments Sales Director Scott Cooper. Regan’s cuisine has impressed SMC’s clients. The organisers of a quarterly educational seated dinner for the Australian Society of Endodontists said: “You seriously are an AMAZING TEAM. Really appreciate what you and your kitchen team did last night”. Organisers from the NSW Catholic Schools Conference said: “Our attendees were very happy with the food and service provided by your excellent catering staff”.

SMC has always been at the forefront of catering to dietary requirements and this aspect is something Regan is already enhancing. The new menus include as many gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and halal options as possible all integrated throughout the offerings, rather than tacked on. Therefore, less pre-booking is required and the difference is that all diners feel respected and well-catered for rather than feeling like second-class citizens.

SMC Catering 4 webAs we head into the second half of the year, Regan is keenly aware that galas, award dinners and Christmas parties are just around the corner and he and the team are masterminding new menus and dishes that are expertly tailored to the celebrations.

One major area of focus for Regan and the SMC catering teams is the style and theming of food stations for stand up cocktail parties and end of year functions. For instance, a Mexican fiesta themed Christmas party can have a made-on-the-spot taco stand styled to suit the occasion. Equally, a cocktail party awards night might have a sushi and sashimi bar with a top sushi chef at the helm and a sake bar to complete the refined offering.

“It will be exciting to see how these new menus, dishes and food presentation formats complement our newly renovated event spaces,” says Scott Cooper. “No doubt, the proof will be in the pudding”. 


.... Christmas is coming ....

With its CBD location and 13 flexible spaces suitable for up to 1,000 guests, the newly renovated SMC has the party season all wrapped up. Whether you are organising an intimate team dinner, an end of year awards night or a festive fiesta for your entire company and its associates, talk to SMC’s sales experts for Christmas Party Packages and bespoke dining options will delight even the biggest Bah Humbugs.

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Audio Visual and Broadband Internet



In the Grand Lodge and Banquet Hall, the installation of new Panasonic 12,000 lumen laser light source data projectors deliver crystal clarity, brightness and resolution that is ideal for video and film screenings as well as all highlighting the granular detail in speakers’ presentations.


Throughout the building, new digital mixing consoles, concert quality Martin Audio public address systems, wireless microphone technology and lecturns are all welcome improvements for presenters and performers.

Hearing assistance has also been augmented throughout the venue via wired hearing loops and infrared assisted listening systems.


A newly installed intelligent architectural lighting system allows for lights to be easily and precisely programmed for different functions. Perimeter RGB shadow lighting allows for different colour combinations and mood lighting states. Importantly, feature walls are augmented with gallery-style wall washer lights that highlight artworks and exhibition content. House lighting throughout the foyers and meeting rooms has been upgraded to second generation LEDs for improved light output and energy efficiency. When SMC re-opens, event organisers will simply use touch screens to select options to light their presenters and performers, add stage washes and special effects as well as change the room ambience. Depending on the style of each event, and if needed, SMC’s AV technicians can also control all lighting from one central location.


New rigging infrastructure provides added flexibility and the advantage of quick turnarounds when re-setting rooms for different styles of events. A motorised truss in the Banquet Hall and new centrally placed ceiling motors allow for rigging special effects including giant chandeliers and mirror balls. These staging devices and capabilities mean that event organisers have the option to restyle the same room from conference mode to gala mode with ease and efficiency.


When it comes to online access, SMC recognises fibre-optic internet connection as the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC has invested in an enterprise level fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing fast, secure connections reaching speeds of up to 1000 mpbs both up and down, and can accommodate private premium networks. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of digital applications and social media. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue for guests and a cabled in connection in every room is possible. Event organisers simply select a connectivity plan to suit their requirements.


Whatever the emphasis and creative composition of your event, SMC is now technologically equipped to deliver events aligned with your strategic goals and convey the messages you want to get across.


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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


Located within a stone’s throw of the venue are a range of quality affiliated hotels that makes SMC an attractive option to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events.

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


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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.


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


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


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


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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