Built in the early 1980s this complex of inter-linked buildings is located in Flinders Street near the corner of Spencer Street. The $92 million project, designed to enhance Melbourne's competitive strengths, was a key element of the Cain Australian Labor Party Government's program to beautify the urban environment alongside the Yarra River. The Melbourne Convention Centre was constructed adjacent to the complex in 1990. Originally owned by the Port of Melbourne Authority, after several failed attempts the complex was privatised in 1996. It was used as a temporary casino during construction of the Crown Entertainment Complex.