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Armidale multi purpose performing arts centre – ideas welcomed

On 24 May, Armidale Regional Council resolved to commence a community engagement process examining options for the development of a multi-purpose performing arts centre in Armidale which might also serve as an entertainment and conference centre.

“To support this process, Council will undertake the development of a master plan for a proposed cultural precinct possibly around the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), and a feasibility study for building a performing arts centre in that precinct. However other ideas and views as to a cultural precinct location are most welcome,” Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said.

Dr Tiley noted that the desire for a performing arts centre was expressed during consultations for the 2017-2021 Community Strategic Plan.  

“There has been a push from community stakeholder groups within the Armidale region over recent years advocating for the development of a medium to large scale performing arts or civic centre in Armidale. Though unsuccessful to date, the arguments put forward by these groups have resonated with Council,” said Dr Tiley.  

“While Council was unable to proceed with the proposal to build a civic centre complex that included a multi-function performing arts and conference centre, including the new library, within the Armidale CBD precinct, it has not ruled out alternatives and is keen to seek views on other options.”  

Council remains supportive of pursuing the development of a multi-purpose performing arts centre and believes that a cost effective and measured approach is required to give this project the best chance of success. Your views are canvassed and encouraged. 

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