Published On 18 November 2020 at 09:00 AM
The largest infrastructure project in the history of the Sutherland Shire has taken a significant step closer to reality, with Sutherland Shire Councillors voting unanimously to support the redevelopment of the Sutherland Entertainment Centre.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Steve Simpson said that he was delighted to work with his fellow Councillors and working party members in advancing a proposal which drew such strong support, acknowledging that the decision was not just a great result for the community, but also a significant moment in Council’s history.
“The Sutherland Entertainment Centre has been a much loved and well used performance and events space for over forty years, but we all acknowledge it is in need of a refresh to ensure it can continue to be the region’s premier entertainment destination for many years to come,” Mayor Simpson said.
“Plans to redevelop or replace our Entertainment Centre have been floated for almost as long as the building has been standing, with plans to upgrade the facility first brought before Council in 1984.
“It’s been a very long road to get where we are today, with plenty of spirited discussion among Councillors over many years to see that we get this project right, but I am confident the decision reached last night will deliver an entertainment facility of which the whole community can be proud.”
Among the major improvements set to be delivered through the redevelopment of the centre are;
- A refurbished theatre with tiered seating for approximately 650 patrons,
- Full fly-tower over the stage to cater for diverse performances,
- New flexible teaching and rehearsal spaces,
- A new entry forecourt incorporating a flexible outdoor event space,
- A larger foyer with enhanced accessibility, including lift access and improved amenities,
- Improved performer/hirer functionality with enhanced back-of-house, and;
- Upgrades to Peace Park to enhance the surrounding street scape and improve connectivity and accessibility to the Entertainment Centre.
“The works will not only directly assist the arts community, which has been heavily impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions, but they will also provide welcome employment and economic stimulus to the local community,” Mayor Simpson said.
“I would like to acknowledge the work of Council’s working party who have been instrumental in delivering what will be a great outcome for our community.”
Council continues to pursue economic assistance from relevant Government agencies to support the project. Construction work is planned to commence on the project in early 2021, with works expected to be completed in 2022.
Image: Artist impression of Sutherland Entertainment Centre