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 Whitehorse Centre, library, Council offices, local parkland and the nearby Walker Park sports precinct.
Schematic Design – Have Your Say
Feedback is now invited on the Schematic Design until 5pm on Monday 16 November 2020. Schematic Design is the stage of the project where the design of rooms and spatial requirements of the building are refined.
To view the plans and images, and complete the online feedback form, please visit Council’s Your Say Whitehorse online consultation portal at oursay.org/whitehorsecitycouncil We look forward to hearing from you.
Let’s hear from our community!
About the Project
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.
Construction works will start in 2021 with an expected project completion in late 2023.
Demolition works began in mid-September and are expected to be completed in December 2020, subject to COVID-19 directives. Before demolition commenced, the leadlight glass window was carefully removed and stored. This will be a feature of the new facility and enjoyed for years to come.
With hoarding around the demolition zone there have been some changes to parking and pedestrian access. A map showing the demolition zone and parking availability in the precinct is available under the “More Information” heading below.
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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)
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan December 2019 ( PDF 185.41KB)
- Demolition Site Plan ( PDF 330.21KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions ( PDF 336.79KB)
- Media Release
- Whitehorse Centre Redevelopment Postcard ( PDF 414.24KB)
- Project History 2010 - 2019