- Thursday 23 July 2015
Council today approved an injection of long-term capital works funding for its oldest and largest venue, The Events Centre Caloundra, to improve the experience for patrons and visiting artists.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said The Events Centre Caloundra, established in 1980, was the region’s primary performance venue.
“Today’s capital works investment is a positive step toward seeing the venue meet present and future demands,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Some of the key improvements to patrons over the next five years include new seating in the Main and Playhouse Theatre, upgrade of air conditioning, improved disability access and a number of backstage upgrades which will enhance the experience of visiting artists.
“Last year, Council confirmed its ongoing commitment to our six key performance and community venues, including our oldest and largest venue, The Events Centre Caloundra, by adopting the Sunshine Coast Performance and Community Venues Service Plan 2014-2029.
“This Plan identified venues as a valuable asset of the Sunshine Coast that provide vibrant hubs for a diverse range of commercial, cultural and community activities across our region.
“The Plan sets a vision for Council to achieve a portfolio of venues that are well-equipped to cater for a diverse range of events, and offer captivating, creative experiences that will engage, excite and challenge our audiences.”
Cr Dwyer said the Sunshine Coast Performance and Community Venues Service Plan recommended a Facility Development and Maintenance Plan for The Events Centre that had been developed to inform Council’s capital works program.
“My fellow Councillors and I now have a better brief of information to assist us in making decisions that align with the needs and aspirations of our community, and the performance and conference industry,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Importantly, it will allow The Events Centre to be more a contemporary venue and subsequently competitive in an industry that around the country is more competitive than ever.
"The Events Centre is seeking to create the best possible experience for all industry stakeholders, our patrons, the creative community and the commercial sector alike.
“Upon confirmation of the capital works program, Council will work collaboratively with The Events Centre board and management to deliver the endorsed capital works program.
“We will ensure minimal disruption to the business operations of The Events Centre and, importantly, the community.”