The proposed development of a Civic and Cultural Arts Precinct is set to reimagine the future of the Bundaberg CBD.
The vision, proposed over CBD land stretching from Bundaberg Regional Library through to the Burnett River, aims to create a new economic driver for the region and stimulate increased interest and participation in the cultural arts.
Executive Director Strategic Projects and Economic Development Ben Artup said a Civic and Cultural Arts Precinct was one of Council’s identified priorities under the Regional Deal.
“Our cultural arts facilities, whether it’s the library, the gallery or the theatre, are the heart and soul of our community,” Mr Artup said.
“Arts should occupy a central part in any growing society. Cultural infrastructure is one of the ingredients of any great place.
“New investments in the precinct will help inspire our city, recognise our past and imagine our bright future.
“The economic benefits of investing in cultural arts infrastructure have long been established; what we are doing now is delivering a new vision for the future.
“Many cities – large and small – have used cultural arts to shape and inspire their future.”
Mr Artup said ageing Council facilities that were no longer meeting current requirements, including cultural centres and staff accommodation, were key drivers of the project.
“The end result will be renewed civic and cultural infrastructure in a coordinated and effective way.”
A contract has been awarded to AECOM Pty Ltd to develop the Civic and Cultural Arts Precinct Strategic Vision.
Council will undertake initial targeted stakeholder workshops throughout March and April to assist with developing the vision.
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