Progress at the home of the Goulburn Performing Arts Centre is continuing, as the end of 2020 and the first year of construction draw to a close.
The project has faced some challenges throughout the year including wet weather and difficulties with piling holes for the foundations, but is now making great gains as we approach Christmas.
Mayor Bob Kirk encouraged community members to stop and take note of the progress behind the Old Town Hall when in Auburn Street.
“From the side of the Post Office you can really see how impressive the structure is becoming, with 140 of 210 precast panels now installed. On the sides of these panels we have detailed the shape and height of the old building, to ensure we remember the heritage that once stood there.”
“Placement of structural steel will begin prior to the end of the year, and we can expect a roof and cladding to begin to go on in January 2021.”
Planning works and design review are now ongoing for the internal building fit out which will commence in 2021. The project includes renovation of the 1887 portion of the Old Town Hall which fronts Auburn Street, and will be used as a foyer, café/bar and office space.
A manager for the Performing Arts Centre will begin in the role in January 2021, in order to begin the planning and programming for the theatre launch at the end of the year.
Zauner Constructions are undertaking the project, which when complete will mean Goulburn has a 400 seat theatre in the heart of our City.
All three levels of Government have combined to provide funding for this project. $4.5m has been gained through the NSW Government Regional Cultural Fund, and a further $1m through the Federal Government National Stronger Regions Fund. Veolia Mulwaree Trust have also generously pledged $2.5m as a community partner for the project.
Only $6.3m in loan funding is being taken out for construction of the Performing Arts Centre by Council, and this will be locked in at the low interest rate of 2.5%.
Source: Goulburn Mulwaree Council