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.
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.
It is anticipated that construction of the centre will commence late 2021 with an expected completion date of late 2023.
Photo & Video Gallery
Photos and videos of the project will come as construction starts.
Construction began in January 2021, with excavation works on the site of the new open double storey car park.
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.