Civic Centre shuts
Wednesday, 24th May, 2017
The newly-renovated Civic Centre has been shut down just days after being officially re-opened by Deputy Premier John Barlilaro at The Nationals Conference.
The beleaguered $5.1 million project has suffered a string of setbacks since it began last year, including design flaws and an asbestos scare.
City Council yesterday announced it would relocate all events scheduled for the concert hall until at least the end of June because of problems with bathrooms.
Council’s General Manager James Roncon released a prepared statement late yesterday afternoon, saying the two events just held at the centre - The Nationals Conference and the Civic Ball - were a “tough stress-test”.
“(The events) revealed a few issues that we’ll need to rectify before we’d be comfortable hiring it out again,” he said in the statement.
“Attendees had concerns around the bathrooms, namely the lighting, plumbing, and sinks.”
Bookings were being moved to ensure the repairs were unimpeded, Mr Roncon said.
“While we could still hold these events at the centre, we can’t take money in good conscience from hirers and customers when patrons have told us what we need to improve,” he said.
“The builders are aiming to complete these works by the end of June, and we’ll have a specialist project manager at the centre every day throughout this period to ensure work is progressing as quickly as possible.”
Council is in discussions to have the two Civic Centre shows currently advertised - Peaches’n’Gin and the Comedy Festival - moved to a new venue.
Organisers of all upcoming community events are being contacted and refunded their deposit, and Council will work with all affected community groups to help move their event to a suitable new venue.
Deputy Premier John Barlilaro used the re-opening ceremony of the Civic Centre on Friday to announce a further $50 million commitment to Resources for Regions funding for mining centres in New South Wales.