Business Case available for Arts Centre

Bass Coast Shire Council’s much anticipated draft Business Case for the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre (WUCAC) is now available.

Identified as a key action within Council’s Arts and Culture Plan 2015-2019, the draft Business Case provides recommendations for the potential management, programming and infrastructural needs of the Centre.

“The workshops we did last year and the continuing conversations since resounded the obvious importance that the arts, in its myriad disciplines, has in our Shire,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said.

“It has history, pride, is valued and provides cultural nourishment and social connectedness.

“If we look at the history of even just the programming, it was eclectic, diverse and catered for a wide audience through the likes of pageants, carnivals, boxing, flower shows, school balls, films, and dance nights, and also was home to the Miners Union itself.

“It was so inclusive that it was the only centre that showed films on a Sunday night to cater for the shift workers on the mines.

Cr Crugnale said this spirit is still here and Council wants to build on it.

“The business case is about bringing it into the diversity of programming today, catering for both residents and visitors and all the creative preferences in between, finding the best and appropriate model to get us there with the capital investment needed,” Cr Crugnale said.

“The vision is for it to become our premier Arts Centre, be on the Gippsland circuit and be the pulsating creative heart that our regional centre deserves that can then spark the activation of the smaller halls, and traditional and non-traditional spaces we have around the Shire.”

The draft Business Case, a summary page and an online feedback form are all available on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/wucac.

An information session is planned for Wednesday, 31 August at the WUCAC from 5.00pm to 6.30pm where Council will provide key points and the process for feedback.

Another opportunity for questions and answers is available via Council’s Facebook page on Thursday, 1 September from 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

The feedback period for the draft Business Case closes on Monday, 19 September at 5.00pm.