Home of performing arts and signature community gatherings, the Gympie Civic Centre has hosted everything from gala performances to wedding receptions, conferences to annual school formals. This centre has showcased a diverse program of local and national events.
Council has received funding for the renewal of the Civic Centre, with the project facing several hold ups with the venue being used for other purposes:
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civic Centre was used as a regional COVID Vaccination Hub.
- Following the February 2022 flood disaster, the centre was converted to an Evacuation Centre, then utilised as a Community Recovery Hub.
In April 2022, the Civic Centre was closed for all activity due to mould contamination resulting from the 2022 Floods. The doors have remained closed to the public since then while remediation and upgrade works have been undertaken.
Progress to date
Next milestones to complete
Councils next milestone is to appoint a new contractor for ‘basic recommissioning’ of the centre. Basic recommissioning is to restore venue to pre disaster conditions. Some of the works include:
- Replacement and installation of internal furniture
- New aircon units and switchboard replacements
- Renewed flooring and changeroom fit out.
Once a new contractor is appointed, it is expected that they will commence onsite late 2023.
The upgrade is funded by a number of agencies, including Works for Queensland, Bushfire Affected Council Grant, COVID Works for Queensland and an insurance claim to fund the mould remediation.
While we are working hard to get on top of it, at this stage the centre is anticipated to reopen late 2024.
As of July 2023, we have completed major works to rectify the mould infestation, removed asbestos in the fly tower and re-roofed the centre. We are now focusing on our basic recommissioning stage.
The centre will be restored to pre-disaster condition and to a contemporary standard.