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Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC)

GCEC will be located on the Geelong Waterfront precinct as part of the Geelong City Deal - a partnership between the Australian and Victorian Governments, together with the City of Greater Geelong.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) is the operator for the new Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) that will open in 2026. 

GCEC is on the Geelong Waterfront precinct as part of the Geelong City Deal - a partnership between the Australian and Victorian Governments, together with the City of Greater Geelong.  

GCEC will be a major driver of jobs and economic growth for the City of Greater Geelong and surrounding areas, supporting 600 jobs during construction and an additional 270 ongoing jobs through operation.

We’re working closely with the local community, businesses and key stakeholders in Geelong and the wider Bellarine region to secure as many local jobs, produce and supply chains as possible in GCEC’s ongoing operation.

As the existing Government operator of convention and exhibition services in the state of Victoria the Trust is managing both GCEC and MCEC. 

Every event at GCEC will benefit a local ecosystem of hoteliers, event organisers, food providores, chefs and casual wait staff, cleaners, technicians, logistics and transport operators and more.

Peter King, Chief Executive of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre said:

We have more than 25 years’ experience hosting and delivering world class business events and we’re excited to start operating in Geelong and the Bellarine. We look forward to engaging the local community, businesses, and event organisers as the Centre is developed. 

The new facility will expand Geelong’s annual events offering and provide extraordinary experiences to the community and wider region.

 

General enquiries: enquiries@mcec.com.au

Sales enquiries: sales@mcec.com.au 

Media enquiries: media@mcec.com.au

 

Find out more about this Geelong City Deal project.