Burnie Cultural Precinct Project - Funding Update

Published on 05 May 2022

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Pictured: Braddon Labor candidate Chris Lynch, Labor infrastructure spokesperson Ed Husic and Burnie councillor David Pease.

Photographer: Eve Woodhouse, The Advocate

The Burnie Cultural Centre and the wider Cultural Precinct project has now received bipartisan support with Braddon’s Labor candidate Chris Lynch and Labor’s infrastructure spokesperson Ed Husic pledging $13 million towards the project if elected.

This follows last week’s announcement by the Federal Member for Braddon Gavin Pearce that if elected, $5 million will be committed towards the project.

Council already has $5 million in funding from the Australian Government and has placed a submission to the Tasmanian Government as part of the 2022-23 State Budget for a further $5 million for the project. An outcome of this request will form part of the State Budget which will be handed down in May.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “Hip Hip Hooray – it is fantastic to see that both sides of politics support our vision and have endorsed Council’s plan for the Burnie Cultural Centre and the wider Precinct/CBD masterplan. This second announcement is a significant investment. Council now have a greater level of certainty around the project’s funding, which will allow us to ensure the cultural precinct will be able to be delivered in one stage.”

“This project is a key goal in Council’s four year plan, to enhancing the attractiveness and vitality of our town centre. The Cultural Precinct is a centerpiece to this vision – we will create an integrated facility that is at the heart of cultural, artistic and creative experiences for the Burnie community.”

Council have appointed the architectural firm for the project and an Architectural Design Response Report is currently being developed. Council anticipates that this will be delivered shortly and will be followed by the development of draft architectural plans which will then be the basis of a public consultation process.

Once the architectural design is agreed upon, Council will call for construction tenders and will appoint a contractor to undertake the work with construction planned to begin in early 2023 and aimed for completion by the end of that year.

For more information on the project please visit www.burnie.net/culturalprecinct

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