Goondiwindi Regional Civic Centre redevelopment heralds renaissance in local performance arts

Media Release


17 December 2015

Joint release with:

Graeme Scheu

Mayor Goondiwindi Regional Council

Bruce Scott

Federal Member for Maranoa

Community Christmas festival celebrations helped mark the official opening of the $5 million Goondiwindi Regional Civic Centre redevelopment today, a transformative upgrade that delivers new cinemas and performance art space for the region.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the original art-deco interior of the theatre auditorium, stage and entrance had been restored as part of the project.

“The Australian Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to fund community infrastructure upgrades, like this Civic Centre, across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said more than 15,000 people a year are expected to use the much-needed cultural and educational spaces in the upgraded Civic Centre.

“The Australian Government provided $500,000 to the project, understanding how important it is to the local community,” Mr Scott said.

“The project involved installing new flooring and replacing seats that were worn out, conversion to digital projection equipment and the installation of retractable cinema screens to allow live performances on the stage.”

Mayor of Goondiwindi Regional Council Graeme Scheu said the original Goondiwindi Civic Centre comprised of the Town Council Chambers, Town Hall and a set of shops linked by a common facade, in the town's main street.

“Works replaced the existing Council offices and restored the heritage listed buildings to provide a modern facility that will meet the future needs of the Goondiwindi community,” Cr Scheu said.

“Centre restoration works stayed true to the design by GF Addison and HS MacDonald ahead of its original construction in 1937. I look forward to seeing people of the Goondiwindi region enjoying the restored Civic Centre for years to come.”

Goondiwindi Regional Council provided $4.4 million to the project and the Queensland Government contributed $72,000.