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New look arts centre dazzles

THE $2.2 million refurbishment of the much loved Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is complete and impressed people who joined an official tour of the new centre on Saturday.

Bass Coast Shire Council invited the community to come and have a sneak peak at the centre before it officially opens its doors for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s Boy from Oz production.

The renewal works were funded through Bass Coast Shire Council’s 2017-2018 renewal program.

“It is so much more user friendly for audiences and for people who will be using the stage,” Wonthaggi’s Dorothy Fitzgerald said.

“They have done a few things that needed to be done. The toilets have been completely renovated which is great.”

Wonthaggi’s Keith Ritchie said, “They removed the ventilation cowls from the roof which needed to be done so now we don’t need to compete with the noise of them when it is windy.”

Bass Coast Shire Council’s coordinator of recreation and culture Mark Lindsay led the grand tour and was amazed by the amount of people who came to the tour.

Visitors had the opportunity to speak with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group vice president Wayne Moloney.

“It was a very ambitious program to complete in four months and we value the asset we have here,” Mr Moloney said.

The stage has been painted and new acoustic panelling has been fitted throughout, including cabinetry and linings to bathroom areas.

An improved orchestra pit access and framework has been fitted, new air ducting and electrical and data cabling installed, and light and sound equipment has been fully revamped.

Wonthaggi builders, TS Constructions, located at 4 Mortimer Street, did an excellent job with the new stage flooring.

There has been a stage roof replacement, 35 year old seating was replaced with completely new seating, the bathrooms have been fully renovated and several improvements to the foyer have been completed, including a history information feature wall.

New flooring and seating bring double the amount of comfort to the centre.

There are now six spaces for people using a wheelchair in prime positions in the centre and an access lift to the second tier of seating into the auditorium.

The centre plays an important role in the community, offering arts, culture and entertainment.

With its new look and improvements, the centre is set to offer upcoming comedy shows, productions and films throughout the year.

The works have been done to promote greater use of the art and cultural community infrastructure and meeting place, for a wide range of arts and cultural activities and to encourage lifelong learning and enhance the livability of the area.

The project was a key action in council’s Arts and Culture Plan 2015-2019. Council has started planning for the future management of the centre.

Council has engaged theatre experts, artifact consulting, to research and benchmark against like facilities and present various options for the future management of the centre.

 

Official tour: from left, Ina Clarke, Saskia Fehres, Glad Mitford and Nina Barry-MacAulay toured the new Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday.

Impressing centre: Wonthaggi’s Daphney and Ken Roney went to the official opening of the newly refurbished Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday.

Looking good: from left, Lorraine Carrol, Ellen Hubble and David Hubble were impressed with the newly refurbished Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday.

Grand opening: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council’s coordinator of recreation and culture Mark Lindsay, Bass Coast Shire Council’s recreation and culture administration officer Chris Wutzke, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group vice president Wayne Moloney officially opened the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday.

Centre improved: Wonthaggi’s Dorothy Fitzgerald and Keith Ritchie were impressed by the new look Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday.

Looking back: Wonthaggi’s Wilma Staff and Bass Coast Shire Council’s recreation and culture administration officer Chris Wutzke were impressed with the new history board in the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre foyer on Saturday.

Insight chat: from left, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group vice president Wayne Moloney spoke with Wonthaggi’s Ray and Isobel Addicoat about the newly renovated Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday.

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