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MELBOURNE: Crown Resorts Limited (ASX: CWN) and its joint venture partner, Schiavello Group,
announced today that award winning British architects, Wilkinson Eyre had won the contest to design the
proposed new Queensbridge Hotel Tower and precinct to be located in Melbourne’s Southbank area.
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Crown and Schiavello conducted a global design competition which resulted in five architecture firms being
shortlisted – Wilkinson Eyre, Bates Smart, Hassell, Foster + Partners and Jean Nouvel. The competition jury
selected the proposed design from Wilkinson Eyre as the best proposal for the site and were unanimous in
their decision.

Situated in one of Melbourne’s premier living and leisure destinations and one of Australia’s prime hosting
areas for international meetings and events, the proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower will comprise a
388room, luxury six–star hotel and approximately 680 apartments. The hotel will feature a truly unique special
event space and a publicly accessible restaurant, lounge and garden terrace at the top of the tower.

The design also provides an active streetscape and public forecourt area with retail outlets and restaurants,
which will become a new amenity for locals and visitors, connecting the ground floor of the building and hotel
to the outdoors area.

In addition to the proposed landmark hotel tower, Crown and Schiavello are also proposing a major upgrade
to Queensbridge Square improving the precinct’s attractiveness for local residents and visitors alike.
With its three Southbank hotels at nearly full capacity (over 90 percent occupancy), the addition of this luxury
hotel will assist Melbourne to meet its future tourist accommodation demands, with Crown being able to offer
over 2,000 guest rooms and suites, upon completion.

This luxury hotel addition coupled with the recently announced expansion of the Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre will reinforce the Southbank precinct’s position as Victoria’s leading tourism, meetings,
exhibitions and event destination.

A sculptural pedestrian link will provide hotel guests with all-weather access from the lobby of the new luxury
hotel to the Crown Melbourne Resort. The joining of this prestigious development to the Crown Melbourne
Resort will reinforce Crown’s market leading position in Australia as one of the largest international tourism
and business destinations.

Wilkinson Eyre’s elegant solution for the Queensbridge Hotel Tower will be created by three interlocking
sculptural forms providing a graceful and unique addition to the Melbourne skyline.
Some indicative images of the winning Wilkinson Eyre design are attached.
Crown Resorts Executive Director, James Packer, thanked the judging panel and congratulated Wilkinson

Eyre on their appointment:

"Wilkinson Eyre have designed a beautiful and elegant building that is destined to be an important addition to
the Melbourne skyline. Melbourne just keeps getting better as a city, but we can’t take this success for

“A new hotel is the next evolution of Crown Melbourne. I am committed to this city and committed to keeping
Crown Melbourne at the forefront of Australian tourism. A new Crown hotel means more rooms for interstate
and international tourists and that means more jobs for Victorians,” Mr Packer said.

Schiavello Group Chairman, Tony Schiavello thanked all of the participating architects:

“It was a very competitive design process, with some of the world’s and region’s best known architects
involved. The calibre of all five firms in the process shows how special the city of Melbourne is and its’
prominence on the world stage. This site deserves a truly special building and our vision is to create a
landmark building that has international appeal, timeless form and design.”

“We want to create a place that people are proud to call home,” Mr Schiavello said.

Crown Resorts CEO, Rowen Craigie added:

‘‘The new luxury hotel addition to Crown Melbourne will have significant economic and employment benefits
for Victoria with over 3,000 new direct and indirect jobs during construction and over 1,000 new direct and
indirect jobs on an on-going basis after completion. The development will also assist Melbourne in attracting
more high net worth tourists, reinforcing the city’s appeal as a destination for important international
conferences, sporting and cultural events.”

On winning the design competition, Paul Baker, Director Wilkinson Eyre said:

“We approached this project with the ambition to create an elegant and timeless building that will become a
new, world-class landmark against the Melbourne skyline. All across the world we are seeing cities embrace
iconic developments as they vie for their share of international tourists.”

“We are confident that the design of the proposed Hotel and the ’one of a kind’ offerings like the ’Sky Bar’ at
the top of the tower will be ‘must see’ destinations in Melbourne. We are delighted to have been given the
opportunity to design what we believe will be an outstanding addition to the world’s most liveable city,’’ Mr
Baker said.

The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower development remains subject to planning approval, project
financing and the finalisation of long form joint venture documentation between Crown and Schiavello.


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About Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, twice winners of both the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize and the RIBA Lubetkin
Prize, is one of the UK’s leading architecture practices. Its portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture
includes the Guangzhou International Finance Center, the giant cooled conservatories for Gardens by the
Bay in Singapore; the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the acclaimed temporary structure of the London
2012 Basketball Arena and the recently completed Weston Library in Oxford and Wellcome Collection in

The Queensbridge project is a prestigious addition to the practice’s international experience and portfolio of
tall buildings and is currently working on super tall high-rise projects in Sydney, Toronto, New York, and

Current projects include the restoration of Battersea Power Station, and the King’s Cross Gasholders in
London and Crown Sydney in Australia.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the chef’s award winning London restaurant, will open a second establishment in Melbourne 20th October 2015.  The opening will mark Heston’s first permanent restaurant outside of the UK.
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Located on the third floor of Crown Towers Hotel, the 120 capacity restaurant overlooks the city across the Yarra River. The menu offers contemporary dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy dating back to the 1300’s. 
Blumenthal’s fascination with history and gastronomy was triggered back in the late 90’s after reading a 15-century manuscript known as The Vivendier.  The book spoke of a dining experience full of playfulness and theatre, as well as intriguing ingredients and recipes.  What started as an exercise in curiosity triggered almost 20 years of research and discovery, with historic inspired dishes appearing on the menus of both The Fat Duck restaurant and Hinds Head pub. When the opportunity arose to open a restaurant in London the idea of ‘Dinner’ began to emerge and in January 2011 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opened its doors. Alongside Ashley Palmer-Watts, the two chefs created a menu inspired by the tastes and flavours of Britain, from the farmers’ table to the royal courts, offering a contemporary gastronomic insight from Medieval c.1300 to Victorian c.1800. The Restaurant achieved great recognition including 2 Michelin stars, a rare accolade for an establishment of this size.  Now almost 5 years later and in a country that has become very personal to Heston, ‘Dinner’ will open its second home and begin an exciting new journey.
Seating 120 guests, the restaurant will be located on the 3rd floor of Crown Towers in the space vacated by The Fat Duck, and will serve dinner 7 days a week and lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. The history and modernity combines in the open kitchen, where the past meets hi-tech and guests can watch the chef brigade prepare, using the latest kitchen technology alongside historic pulley operated spit roasts. Located inside the kitchen, the chef’s table allows up to 6 guests to interact direct with the team, whilst enjoying an exclusive tasting menu served by the head chef. The private room, which offers dining for up to 10 guests, enjoys clear views of the kitchen, the Yarra River and Melbourne’s CBD.
The Menu, inspired by historic British gastronomy, does not replicate dishes from the past but rather uses historic elements in the creation of brand new modern dishes.  Some are heavily influenced like Rice & Flesh (c.1390) and Frumenty (c.1390) while others Black Angus Rib eye have the addition of the original mushroom ketchup (c.1830).  In the creation of the Dinner by Heston menu the chefs worked with food historian Ivan Day, the kitchens of King Henry the VIII at Hampton Court Palace and drew reference from the historic collection of literature at the British Library. However the menu at Dinner by Heston in Melbourne uses these dishes as a framework to celebrate Australian ingredients and introduces historic Australian dishes too, like the The Lamington Cake (c.1900)
The bar, exclusively for guests of the restaurant, also marries ancient and modern. In collaboration with Barman Tony Conigliaro, a bespoke collection of cocktails has been created, each with a unique historic reference and representing the history between Britain and Australia.
Guests enter the restaurant through a 20-meter dark wood corridor that has its own aroma based on the notes of damp moss, wood smoke and leather.  The room designed by Australian company Bates Smart, creates a rustic yet elegant atmosphere using rich natural materials such as wood, leather and iron.  The Tudor Rose chandeliers in London inspire the ceiling pattern and the walls are decorated with custom-made porcelain Victorian jelly moulds.  The chef’s table is surrounded by an original illustration by English artist Dave McKean, whilst the room will display historic inspired sculptures commissioned by Australian artist David Bromley.  The rich palette of the “old masters” photography of Romas Foord, from the book ‘Historic Heston’, is not only featured in the room but also inspired the colour palette for the soft furnishings. A mechanical moving art piece by UK artist Robert Higgs, is located in the heart of the dining room and pays homage to the watchmakers of Greenwich, who created the mechanical pulley systems for the Royal Courts of England spit roasts.
Reservations for the restaurant open on-line on Tuesday 20th October. 

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Notes to Editor
In February 2015 Heston Blumenthal promised those guests who applied for a table at The Fat Duck but were unsuccessful, that they would have an early booking opportunity for the opening of his permanent restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. He has honoured that promise and the response has been very positive. The 20th October sees not only the opening of the restaurant but also the opening of reservations for all guests. We encourage guests to keep an eye on our website booking system for regular updates regarding availability.
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As part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (12-18 October), Crown Melbourne will host a Launch Event that will take place on Thursday 15 October from 12:00pm at The Groove Bar.
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Crown has proudly supported and participated in all Responsible Gambling Awareness Weeks for many years.
Responsible gaming has a strong history at Crown, with initiatives such as staff training in responsible gaming and the Self-Exclusion Program available since opening in 1994.

In 2002, the Crown Responsible Gaming Support Centre was developed in line with Crown’s commitment to providing world’s best practice in responsible gaming. The Centre is staffed by Responsible Gaming Liaison Officers, who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as Responsible Gaming Psychologists and the Chaplaincy Support Service. The Centre is fully supported and funded by Crown and all services are confidential and free.

Crown became the world leader when the Centre was opened in 2002, offering customers an in-house, 24-hour-a-day dedicated responsible gaming service.

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Natasha Stipanov
Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts Limited
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Ticketmaster Australia, a Live Nation Entertainment company, in conjunction with Channel Seven, is excited to announce it has been selected as the exclusive ticketing partner for Crown Resorts in Perth and Melbourne.
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Ticketmaster has commenced ticketing services for Crown Resorts venues — the Crown Theatre Perth and The Palms at Crown — and has already facilitated a major onsale for the upcoming season of THE LION KING at Crown Theatre Perth.
Maria O’Connor, managing director of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand, said: “Crown Resorts operates two premier venues in Perth and Melbourne and Ticketmaster is proud to have entered into a partnership with this world-class organisation.
“We are committed to providing our clients and customers with the best products, tools, technology and services to make the ticket buying process simple and engaging.
“Ticketmaster has extensive experience providing ticketing services for major entertainment venues and theatres throughout Australia, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with Crown Resorts and the two venues.”
Barry Felstead, chief executive officer Crown Resorts, said that he was delighted with the new appointment.
“Ticketmaster has been successful in securing Crown Resorts business through a very competitive and strict tender process. Ticketmaster, along with their partners in Live Nation and Channel Seven, offers a fantastic business partnership which complements Crown Resorts' entertainment strategy in both Perth, Melbourne and in overseas markets,” Felstead said.
The new agreement between Ticketmaster and Crown Resorts is further strengthened by the addition of the Seven Network as a strategic digital, events and media partner on this project.
Commenting, Seven’s chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Ticketmaster and Crown Resorts on this project. We are expanding our presence in major events and our alignment with Ticketmaster as the exclusive ticketing partner for Crown is a positive step forward for us.”
The two Crown Resorts venues are world-class facilities that regularly host local and international acts. Crown Theatre Perth has capacity for up to 2300 patrons and hosts long-running musicals as well as concerts, ballet, children’s shows, comedy events and major onstage spectaculars.
The Palms at Crown is a multi-layered auditorium that caters for up to 800 patrons. The unique venue offers a range of seating with cabaret style tables, tiered booths and balcony seating.
As a full-service ticketing provider, Ticketmaster offers clients and customers the best in customer service, technology, innovation, marketing and distribution. Ticketmaster’s partnership with Crown Resorts is a fantastic opportunity to present event goers in Perth and Melbourne with even more great live events.
About Live Nation Entertainment
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About Ticketmaster Australasia:
Ticketmaster Australasia is the local arm of Ticketmaster International, the world’s leading event ticketing company, and provides state-of-the-art ticketing, marketing and entry management solutions to a wide variety of venues and events in Australia and New Zealand.
About Crown Resorts:
Crown Resorts is a leading provider of world-class luxury resorts and entertainment facilities, with properties and investments in Melbourne, Perth, Macau, Manila and London. The business is globally renowned for luxury accommodation, quality dining and world-class gaming and entertainment facilities.
About Seven:
Seven is Australia’s most-watched broadcast television platform.  The network is expanding its presence in media, driving its leadership in the creation of content and delivering that content anywhere, anytime to the biggest audiences.  Seven is a key business of Seven West Media, Australia’s leading multiple platform media company which has a market-leading presence in broadcast television, magazine and newspaper publishing and online. The company is the home of many of Australia’s best performing media businesses – Seven, 7TWO and 7mate, Pacific Magazines, The West Australian, Presto, PLUS7 and Yahoo!7.

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Ticketmaster Australia Media Contact:
Carley Jellett | Communications Manager | Ticketmaster Australia & New Zealand
T +61 (0)3 8632 2025
Ticketmaster UK / International Media Contact:
Jackie Antas | PR Director | Ticketmaster International
T +44 (0)207 980 3461
Crown Resorts Media Contact:
Denise Cheir | General Manager Public Relations
T +61 (0) 8 9362 7747

James Packer, Chairman Crown Resorts, Launches Crown’s Second Reconciliation Action Plan - 31 July 2015
Today Crown Resorts (Crown) is launching its second Reconciliation Action Plan. Reconciliation Australia has classified the RAP at an Elevate level (the highest and most ambitious category) recognising that Crown is working towards real change and reconciliation for Australia.
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Crown has achieved all the targets established in the first RAP, and the second RAP sustains its focus on respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Crown’s employees. Significantly, in this new RAP, some of Crown’s Indigenous employees will be placed into leadership programs so that they develop skills and gain experience to help them move into senior management roles in the company. As well, new targets in terms of culture, employment, procurement and Crown’s commitment to the broader Indigenous community have been established.

Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, said: “Crown Resorts has proved itself a game changer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and its broader reconciliation initiatives. With its Elevate RAP, Crown Resorts has set the bar high to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is determined to succeed in its endeavour.”

As one of Australia’s largest private sector employers, Crown has always understood its responsibility to provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

James Packer said: “Crown believes that providing meaningful employment is the best way for our company to help close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. I am proud to say that our Indigenous Employment Program is widely considered a best practice model and that, in July this year, we employed our 450th Indigenous employee. We recognise there is a lot more to do and we are committed to giving our fine Indigenous employees the opportunity to move into significant management roles as our second RAP progresses.”

To extend its commitment to reconciliation beyond employment and training, the Crown Resorts Foundation, in partnership with the Packer Family Foundation, has created a $200 million National Philanthropic Fund. The Crown Resorts Foundation believes that the key to Indigenous employment is having strong education pathways that begin early in life and that’s why a key focus of this initiative is to support key community organisations that are working to empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through education opportunities.

The Foundations recently announced a further $2 million commitment over the next two years to Indigenous education organisations that include the Aurora Education Foundation, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Clontarf Foundation and Ted Noffs - Indigenous Schools Project.

Key facts about Crown’s commitment to Indigenous employment:

  • Crown has employed over 450 Indigenous Australians since the commencement of the Program and is on track to achieve its target of 2000 employees by 2021.
  • Crown’s Indigenous Employment Program has been recognised with a number of awards, most recently the Australian Human Resources Institute’s Indigenous Employment Award and the Australian Business Awards for Community Contribution in 2014.
  • Crown Indigenous employees have earned over $18m in wages since the inception of the program.
  • Crown’s Indigenous employees hold gatherings six times per year in alignment with the six seasons of the Noongar calendar. These gathering are essential in creating a sense of community and support.
  • Crown’s Indigenous employees represent communities from all states and territories. They include communities ranging from Yamatji in North West of Western Australia to the Mouheneenner of South West Tasmania.
  • Crown’s Indigenous employees range in ages from 18 – 62 years.
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For further information please contact:
Natasha Stipanov
Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts
T. +61 3 9292 8671
M. +61 434 187 828

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