Whitehorse City Council is transforming the ageing Whitehorse Centre into a highly accessible, flexible and contemporary venue that will provide an expanded array of arts and cultural opportunities for the entire Whitehorse community to enjoy for generations to come.
Although the Whitehorse Centre is temporarily closed as part of Council’s actions to mitigate the impacts and spread of COVID-19, the show will go on upon the reopening of public facilities and throughout the construction period. The Whitehorse Centre’s professional Main Season and Midweek Matinee program will continue from other venues within the municipality while the redevelopment is underway (stay tuned for details). We’re also assisting Whitehorse Centre theatre and function clients to find alternative venues so they can continue their activities during this time.
Let’s hear from our community!
About the Project
The Whitehorse Centre is Council’s performing arts and cultural venue and a beloved community facility, attracting more than 100,000 attendees and 40,000 festival goers annually. However, now more than 30 years old, it is nearing the end of its functional working life.
Planning for a new facility began in 2010. A comprehensive business case, careful cost benefit analysis of the options, and extensive community consultation were key components of Council’s due diligence in deciding to redevelop the Whitehorse Centre into a venue that will serve the needs of the community for the next 50+ years.
The new centre will help Council achieve its arts and cultural vision to “be a creative community that is vibrant, diverse and engaged through our arts, culture and heritage”.
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 Centre professional Main Season, Midweek Matinee program, sports awards and women’s forum.
In the near future, Council will engage again with key stakeholders to commence the schematic design phase of a modern facility for the Whitehorse community to enjoy for generations to come. There will also be opportunities for the wider community to view the plans during the design stage.
At a Glance
Council would like to thank everyone who participated in the Concept Design engagement process conducted between late February and early June 2020. Your input is highly valued as part of this process and ensures that within project scope, the new Whitehorse Centre meets the current and future needs of the Whitehorse community.
A report summarising feedback ( PDF 396.02KB) received from key stakeholders and the wider community is available in PDF format at the bottom of this page under ‘More Information’.
Over the past few months, feedback received on the Concept Design has been carefully considered by Council’s Project Working Group and Lead Design Team to inform development of the Schematic Design of the performing arts centre, open double-storey car park and surrounding precinct.
The Schematic Design is expected to be presented to key stakeholders and the community in September 2020. There will be opportunities for people to provide feedback on specific aspects of the Schematic Design and contribute to the development of the final design.
Council will build the new facility to cater for current and future use.
Key features will include:
- 600-seat auditorium - large stage and modern backstage area
- 200-seat studio theatre
- multipurpose rehearsal/dance studio
- multipurpose function room
- improved soundshell for community festivals and other outdoor events
- improved car parking, enabling easy and convenient access to the Whitehorse Centre, library, Council offices, local parkland and the nearby Walker Park sports precinct.
Construction of the new centre will commence in 2021 with an expected opening in late 2023.
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If you have a specific question in relation to the project, please contact the project team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9262 6357.
- Concept Design Stakeholder Engagement Report 2020 ( PDF 396.02KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Project Bulletin July 2020 ( PDF 284.85KB)
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan December 2019 ( PDF 185.41KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions ( PDF 327.58KB)
- Media Release
- Whitehorse Centre Redevelopment Postcard ( PDF 414.24KB)
- Project History 2010 - 2019