A new arts hub in Barwon Heads is one step
closer, after Council gave its approval to enter into a $1 million funding
agreement with the state government to progress the project’s design and
The state government committed $1 million
towards an arts and community hub at 5-5A Clifford Parade before the 2018 state
election. Council isn’t required to contribute funding to the project, but the
site is owned by the City.
This site provides a
range of options for how a new arts and community hub could be configured to
meet the needs of the community.
The City welcomes
the state government’s contribution and is committed to getting the most out of
the funding, to ensure there is a home for arts activity in Barwon Heads.
A report will be
presented to council in early 2020 with options for the development of a hub.
The community will be called on for feedback
as part of the process and stakeholders will have the opportunity to inform the
design by participating in the Project Reference Group.
Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor
Barwon Heads has a vibrant, inclusive arts
community that continues to grow and we look forward to hearing residents’
thoughts about the project.
The City will now investigate potential options
for the site and report back to council early next year.
Councillor Jim Mason - Bellarine
Council will analyse the location and design options carefully with
guidance from the community and stakeholders, whilst also finding a financially
Barwon Heads has both a strong arts presence and need for an arts and
community hub in the township.