Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and Minister Rachel Nolan who officially opened the new Bargara cultural centre.
Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and Minister Rachel Nolan who officially opened the new Bargara cultural centre. Rob Barich

Bargara Cultural Centre opens

BARGARA’S biggest Christmas present has just been unwrapped with Minister for Transport Rachel Nolan officially opening the new Bargara Cultural Centre on Saturday.

The centre, which cost just under $4 million, will act as a meeting place for Bundaberg region residents.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch was thrilled with the opening of the centre.

“It will be an excellent facility for people from throughout the region to use and enjoy,” she 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 centre features several areas for people to enjoy; from the landscaped surrounds to the meeting hall, to the courtyard and decks.

The building has been designed with change in mind with removable floor inserts, display panels and glass panels for artwork and displays to be changed over time.

The landscaping surrounding the centre has been laid out to provide areas for groups to display their culture.

Part of the lawn area at the entry is designed to be able to incorporate a project suggested by South Sea Islander descendants for a hungi pit and plantings used for food and tools in traditional celebrations.

The outdoor area adjacent to the courtyard has been designed to accommodate a project suggested by indigenous groups for the development of an educational garden showing plants used by their ancestors for food, medicine and tools.

The eastern side of the building and deck overlooks a retention basin, which provides a natural amphitheatre and stage for larger community festivals and events.

Hummock residents Jeff and Judy Armour attended the opening.

Mr Armour said the building had an interesting design.

“The building is very different but it’s built quite well,” Mr Armour said.

“The windows open vertically which makes the building looks much bigger. Overall I think it is very interesting and different.”



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