Whitehorse City Council is building a highly accessible, flexible and contemporary venue performing arts centre that will provide an expanded array of arts and cultural opportunities for the entire Whitehorse community to enjoy for generations to come.
Key features of the new facility will include:
- 626-seat auditorium with larger stage and modern backstage area
- 200-seat studio theatre enabling smaller scale works
- multipurpose rehearsal/dance studio
- a greatly expanded range of shows, functions and events
- improved soundshell for community festivals and other outdoor events
- improved car parking, enabling easy and convenient access to the performing arts centre, library, Council offices, local parkland and the nearby Walker Park sports precinct.
The new centre will remain, first and foremost, a community arts and cultural facility, while still attracting high quality national touring shows. The main users of the new centre (an estimated 80 per cent) will be local community groups, schools and community-based Council programs such as the Whitehorse Performing Arts Program's professional Main Season, Midweek Matinee program, sports awards and women’s forum.
It is anticipated that construction of the performing arts centre will commence late 2021 with an expected completion date of late 2023.
See the designs for the new Whitehorse performing arts centre and pictures of the works in progress.
Construction on the new open double storey car park began in January 2021, with excavation works on the site being undertaken.
Tree protection zones were established and measures put in place to protect the trees from potential impacts of construction plant and equipment. While trees within the precinct have been removed, as the project progresses, new trees will be planted. When completed, there will be more trees across the precinct than when the project began.
When the whole project is completed, there will be 430 car parking spaces on site (up from the existing 225 spaces).
Humphreys Avenue and certain pathways have been closed temporarily to make way for the new car park, however, the civic precinct will remain open to the public during construction. In the interest of public safety, pedestrian access and parking will be restricted based on construction activities. When needed, traffic management will be used to ensure community safety and minimise potential disruption to local traffic flow. A parking map is available under the “More Information” heading below.
- Schematic Design Engagement Consolidated Report 2021 ( PDF 429.45KB)
- Concept Design Stakeholder Engagement Report 2020 ( PDF 396.02KB)
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan December 2019 ( PDF 185.41KB)
- Current Parking Plan ( PDF 1.12MB)
- Media Release
- Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre Redevelopment Postcard ( PDF 414.24KB)