Development Application lodged for CPAC refurbishment

Published on 11 February 2021

A street perspective of the refurbishment showing the Centre from the perspective of Vincent Street and Aberdare Road.

Fantastic news for local lovers of the arts and creative industries, with the development application now lodged for the proposed refurbishment of the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC).

The project, valued at $2 million, will enable CPAC to be transformed into a working ‘cultural hub’ as more funding is secured.

The proposal involves the establishment of an exhibition space and artist studio. These exciting new additions to the facility will cater to exhibition style events and a workshop area to host a diverse range of events. The project will also involve the addition of a retail space and relocation of the box office.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it’s an investment in the arts.

“It’s fantastic we can provide an upgrade to this wonderful facility which already offers so much to both residents and visitors. The team work tirelessly to put together a wonderful program each year and it’s great to see we can continue growing the offering in an even better equipped facility.”

"The plans include a new access ramp along Aberdare Road and an internal lift to the exhibition space providing better access to the arts for all in our community.”

Council’s Curator of Performing and Creative Arts Vicki Sienczuk is looking forward to bringing the cultural hub to life.

 “The cultural hub will provide the community with an exciting facility able to deliver high quality, energetic and accessible art, performances and cultural programming. Our team now await the outcome of the Development Application.”

Council secured $309,700 in funding from NSW Government’s Resources for Regions Program Round 7 for stage one works. Council also endorsed the allocation of repealed funds, totalling $975,730.51, which were collected under the Residential Section 7.11 Plan, to fund the establishment of a cultural hub at CPAC.

Council will continue to identify other opportunities to fund the upgrade.

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