SOPA Board Endorse Agreement with Australis



Plans to host a World Green Expo at Sydney Olympic Park in spring 2022 are a step closer following an agreement with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) to further explore the Park as the preferred location for the international eco tourism event.

SOPA has agreed to support plans to stage the event within Sydney Olympic Park, subject to certain condition being satisfied by mid-2019.

The Expo has never been held in the Southern Hemisphere in its 60-year history and is projected to be the one of the largest events ever held in Australia.

Australis founder and Managing Director, Steven Haggart said around 5 million people are expected to attend the Expo over its six-month duration.

“The Australis World Green Expo will celebrate Australia’s unique natural environment and showcase its history, people, art and culture to the world,” Mr Haggart said.
“With Sydney Olympic Park confirmed as our preferred location we can now move forward with confidence to engage public, private and industry stakeholders, to develop a shared vision for a project all Australians can be proud of.”
Tourism Australian Chair Bob East said: “Not only will this drive domestic and international tourism, it will help position Australia as a leader in ecotourism, environmental education and innovation.”
 The Expo has the potential to create more than 2,500 jobs in the lead up to, and during the event, providing a boost of up to $340 million to the NSW economy.
“The prospect of hosting this event in Sydney Olympic Park is exciting for the precinct. It presents a unique opportunity to welcome visitors from across Australia and overseas, and build on the Park’s reputation as an international major events destination,” said Sydney Olympic Park Authority’s Executive Director Commercial, Nick Hubble.

“This is a real win for the people of NSW. It is also the first time the Expo has been proposed as a public-private partnership model, aimed at enabling government to leverage skills, experience and funding from the private sector to support the delivery of this unique event,” Mr Haggart said.

Australis has been licensed to host the exposition in Australia by the International Association of Horticulture Producers (AIPH).

“AIPH is delighted that Australis has reached this important milestone and we look forward to seeing it grow to be an event that will make Australia proud,” Secretary General of the AIPH Tim Briercliffe said.
Graham Ross VMM, Chair of the Australian Garden Council said: ‘This has been a long time coming (since our first bid in 1995) and represents a unique opportunity to galvanise the interests of multiple industry sector stakeholders, to showcase the very best of Australia’sunique flora and ornamental horticulture, to the world.”

About Australis

Australis was founded by Managing Director Steven Haggart in 2015, whose passion for environmentally and commercially sustainable projects inspired the decision to pursue the license.

Despite several previously unsuccessful attempts by others, Mr Haggart was able to finally secure the rights to host this major international eco tourism event for Australia.

After exploring 40 potential sites over three years, in 12 cities across five States, Australis finally settled at Sydney Olympic Park, its natural home: a 420 Hectare green space, at the geographic centre of Australia’s largest city.

Australis’s plans leverage Olympic legacy assets in the precinct, including transport and services infrastructure, exhibition halls, parking and central control systems, while presenting a unique opportunity to add to Sydney Olympic Park’s offering and create complementary legacy ‘Eco tourism’ and ‘cultural’ assets.

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  • 5+ million visitors(over 6 months);
  • 2,500 jobs, supported by 8,000 volunteers;
  • $340 million of economic activityinto the local economy; 
  • 40 to 50 countries participating(all Australia’s leading trading partner nations);
  • 1 million room nights of extra accommodationdemand;
  • $340 million Venue  (including National Centre of Sustainability and National Indigenous Cultural Centre);
  • $110 million Event.