Labor has matched the Liberals’ commitment to complete stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre, adding $880,000 for upgrades to five other arts centres around town and pledging to complete a business case for the development of a larger Canberra Theatre.
The business case would include analysis and financial modelling, an economic impact statement, design and site options and consideration of project delivery methods.
Arts Minister Chris Bourke said pending the outcome of the business case, the new theatre would have approximately 2000 seats and be capable of hosting large scale popular music concerts, major production musicals and operatic and ballet performances, with construction to commence early next decade.
The second stage of Belconnen Arts Centre would provide new rehearsal and workshop areas, a dance studio and a flexible performance auditorium for up to 400 people.
“Our plan will turn the building itself into a work of art through a grant of $225,000 to allow Belconnen Arts Centre to purchase and install projector equipment for architectural projection artwork, similar to that used for the Enlighten festival,” Dr Bourke said.
The $880,000 arts centres upgrade would be divided between the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Ainslie Arts Centre, Watson Arts Centre, Gorman House Arts Centre and Strathnairn.