Funding agreement approval for arts hub in Barwon Heads

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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 construction.

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 ward

Council will analyse the location and design options carefully with guidance from the community and stakeholders, whilst also finding a financially sustainable solution.

Barwon Heads has both a strong arts presence and need for an arts and community hub in the township.

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