Works start to improve access to the Burnie Arts & Function Centre

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

An artist's impression of the new upgrade

An artist's impression of the new upgrade

Work is set to start at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre tomorrow (Thursday 16 February 2012) to upgrade the entry access at the centre.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “Most people would have encountered the steep and slippery stairs at the centre and frankly in this day and age it’s not good enough.

“The arts following is growing in Burnie with over 61,000 people visiting the BAFC last financial year for performances and events. On a wet night those stairs can be dangerous and a struggle for anyone with restricted mobility.”

The proposed works will result in improved access to the Burnie Arts & Function Centre for all members of the community and provide weather protection during inclement weather. The total project cost is estimated at $708,000 with $100,000 provided by the Commonwealth Government Accessible Communities Grant.

“It’s so important that we provide safe access to everyone in our community. This project will see the entry points leveled to the current car park with a new bright look,” Mayor Kons said.
The works will be undertaken by Stubbs Construction with works expected to be completed by August 2012.

“While the works are taking place, there are still some wonderful performances happening, which I hope the community will still support. The main entrance for patrons will be the southern door accessed from plaza, Town Hall end.

“There will be plenty of signage to direct everyone. The works will mean that some of the car parks directly in front of the centre will be closed, but there will still be plenty of parking available and access through the car park will remain open,” Mayor Kons said.

For further information about venue hire and the impact from the works please phone 6430 5850.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net