Supervisor Col Richards at the new Bargara Cultural Centre.
Supervisor Col Richards at the new Bargara Cultural Centre. Rob Barich

Culture comes alive

WORKMEN were busy finishing work on the $4 million Bargara Community and Cultural Centre yesterday, in preparation for Sunday’s official opening.

The building will provide a meeting place for people to come together and celebrate aspects of their own and the region’s cultural heritage in a high-tech hub.

“It will be an excellent facility for people from throughout the region to use and enjoy,” Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said.

“The centre lends itself to use for meetings, receptions, product launches, school ceremonies, community events, training workshops, conferences and seminars, educational and recreational activities.”

The State Government Q150 Funding will contribute $1.5million of the total $4m.

The landscaped surrounds, foyer, courtyard, meeting hall and decks of the centre provide a perfect and practical atmosphere for community and cultural use.

In-built audiovisual systems are a highlight, with a linked audio visual system projecting through an LCD screen in the foyer and on a lowerable screen in the meeting hall.

The audiovisual system allows for streaming of digital material from the internet, television, video, DVD and CD, to be used for entertainment or educational purposes.

The system also has the potential to allow viewers at the centre to see and hear web-casts in real-time, allowing participation in events held outside the region.

The centre was designed to adapt to a variety of events and uses, such as the series of linked frames containing removable display panels in the courtyard’s external wall, and glass “hanger fold” wall sections that can be lifted on two full sides of the main meeting hall to open up deck space for more room.

Landscaping has been laid out to provide areas for groups to display aspects of traditional culture, with part of the lawn area at the entry designed to incorporate a project suggested by South Sea Islander descendants.

The centre will officially open this Sunday at 2pm to everyone, and a community open day will be held in January, once the centre is fully completed.



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