A Foley Labor Government will invest $50 million to upgrade WIN Entertainment Centre to bring the ageing facility into the modern era.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley and Labor candidate for Wollongong Paul Scully today announced Labor’s funding promise will create more than 287 new jobs and bring in $12 million in local economic benefit.

The upgraded convention centre would drive more domestic and international tourism to the region with an expected 40,000 additional tourists visiting Wollongong annually.

Under the upgrade, WIN Entertainment Centre would become the second largest convention centre in NSW and a major attraction for tourists, conferences and events.

The upgrade will be the first major renovation of the convention centre since it was first built by Labor in 1998.

The announcement is part of Labor’s plan to drive the economic growth in the Illawarra and its fresh start for Wollongong under candidate Paul Scully.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Tourism is a vital part of the Illawarra’s economic success but it needs real investment and support to create the jobs the region needs now and in the future.

“It was Labor that first built the convention centre in 1998 and it will be Labor that delivers the first major upgrade since it was built.

“This will be a huge coup for the region’s tourism sector, delivering more jobs and more opportunities for the community.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Wollongong Paul Scully

“This will be a chance for Wollongong to show the world how much it has to offer.

“An extra 40,000 visitors will visit the region each year creating a boom in jobs and the local economy.

“The funding commitment is proof that Labor is committed to creating more jobs and more opportunities for the people of Wollongong.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park

“This funding commitment will well and truly put the Illawarra on the map as a major tourist destination in NSW.

“The benefits of this funding commitment will be felt across the entire region with greater visitor numbers meaning greater spending.”