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Cardinia Cultural Centre redevelopment commencing soon

Published: 4 May 2018

Cardinia Shire Council will soon commence construction work on the $8.9 million project to upgrade the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham.

Jointly funded by Council and the Victorian Government Growing Suburbs Fund, the first stage of redevelopment will follow a masterplan for the centre and provide:

  • a vibrant new art-space for artists to make and exhibit their work
  • new dance/rehearsal studios
  • a bold new façade with a convenient second entry to the building
  • an expanded foyer
  • more car parking and new amenities.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Collin Ross was excited construction work would be commencing after more than three years of planning and consultation.

“This project has been in the making for a number of years and it’s very exciting that construction will soon be underway. The upgraded centre will give our residents, customers and visitors access to a wider range of artistic performances, exhibitions and activities as well as providing our local and visiting artists a hub from which to share their creative practice,” Cr Ross said.

“The redeveloped centre will be able to serve our growing community’s increasing need for cultural facilities and will enhance Cardinia Shire’s liveability. The larger, state-of-the-art facilities will also mean we are better placed to attract outstanding performances, functions and events, and in turn increase tourism and employment potential to support local business and the community.”

Construction work is due to commence in June 2018 and scheduled to be completed by end-2019.

During the construction stage of this project, the centre’s café, theatre and function rooms will continue to operate and Council is working closely with the builders to minimise disruptions and any inconvenience to patrons and nearby residents.

The existing toilet facilities will close for the duration of the redevelopment and will be replaced by quality temporary toilet amenities with covered access. In addition, whilst the existing sealed car park will remain available, the grassed overflow parking area will be closed and may result in overflow car parking in surrounding streets/car parks.

Updates and information regarding the construction and masterplan are available on Council's website at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/majorprojects