Sunshine Coast’s premier performing arts and conference centre – The Events Centre at Caloundra – is in the midst of a $6 million redevelopment, with the most significant stage of work due to start next month.
Co-funded by Sunshine Coast Council and the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, the plans unveiled this week include an upgraded theatre, covered deck area, function room and covered entrance.
To ensure the redevelopment is completed as quickly as possible, the centre will close for four months, reopening in late April 2019.
The Events Centre chairman, Councillor Tim Dwyer, said the upgrade included internal and external improvements that would assist in attracting more high-profile events, as well as providing residents and patrons with improved access, comfort, acoustics and visitor services.
“The Events Centre is one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest venues and it welcomes national and international performing artists,” Dwyer said.
“Last year just over 105,000 patrons attended performances and business events held at the Events Centre.
“The redevelopment will enable The Events Centre to continue to attract top end entertainment and performances, whilst offering residents access to an array of cultural opportunities and business events that are an incredibly important part of the economic and social fabric of our region.
“A premium showcase venue will attract new visitors to the region, visitors who would most likely extend their length of stay and generate a substantial economic boost.
“A redeveloped Events Centre will also enhance Caloundra’s cultural precinct, integrated as it is with the nearby Caloundra Art Gallery and council library.”
The Australian Government contributed $3 million through the Building Better Regions Fund.
The $6 million redevelopment project will include upgrades to foyer, box office, bar counters, function room, acoustics, air-conditioning, heating and new dividing walls and additional accessible facilities.