MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
AUSTRALIA

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16 June 1999

Expo 2000 Project Developer Appointed

Caribiner International has been awarded the contract to develop the Australian pavilion at Expo 2000, which is being held in Hannover, Germany, from 1 June to 31 October next year.

The Sydney-based consortium was chosen from a field of 32 submissions in a highly contested selection process run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As Project Developer Caribiner will be responsible for managing all aspects of the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of the temporary pavilion which Australia will operate on a 2500 square metre site at Expo.

World Expo organisers predict that up to 40 million people, predominantly from Germany and other European countries, will visit Hannover for Expo 2000. It is the first World Exposition hosted by Germany. Expo 2000 is set to be the largest exposition yet, with 190 participating nations and international organisations confirmed at this stage, compared with 110 at Expo 92 in Seville.

The Australian pavilion will attract around 10% of total visitors to the Expo. This means that up to four million people will see first hand examples of Australian creativity and industrial innovation.

Expo 2000 is a global platform for Australia to demonstrate its strengths as a supplier of excellent and innovative goods and services - from value-added primary products to leading-edge information technologies. Projecting an up-to-date image of Australia during the five months of Expo will also help boost tourism and encourage further investment in key industry sectors, as well as showcase the best of contemporary Australian arts.

Australia's overall theme - "From boomerangs to the bionic ear" - emphasises Australia's strengths as a creative, can-do country where people, research, and business are focused on generating practical outcomes that will benefit people all over the world. Presentations and theming of the pavilion will also highlight Olympics themes, as Expo spans both the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as promote the Centenary of Federation. Industry sectors that are likely to be highlighted include education, IT&T, and food and beverage.

The Commonwealth, Queensland and Victorian governments have provided core funding, with additional funding from the South Australian and ACT governments.

The theme of Expo 2000 is "Humankind - Nature - Technology". Nations are asked to consider twelve sub-themes (Health and Nutrition, Living and Working, Environment and Development, Communication and Information, Leisure and Mobility, and Education and Culture) in designing their pavilions and exhibits.

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