Work has started on an upgrade to improve accessibility for patrons at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) in Cleveland.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the reconfiguration of the cul-de-sac area in Middle Street would create a more welcoming experience for RPAC patrons as well as improve safety and access.
“The works include creating a drop-off zone in front of RPAC and upgrading the footpath with a concrete seating wall and garden beds with feature lighting,” Cr Williams said.
“The pedestrian crossing will also be upgraded to provide better access linking RPAC and Cleveland Magistrates Court.
“Two extra disability car parks will be added, along with one extra street parking bay.
“The works also include lighting upgrades, asphalt road resurfacing and upgrades to the existing stormwater infrastructure.
“As our city’s home for artist development, school productions and a vast range of high-quality events, RPAC is a vital contributor to a thriving local arts sector and fosters rich, cultural experiences for our city.
“These works are important as they will improve safety and accessibility for all who visit the centre.”
The works are expected to be completed in mid-August, subject to weather and site conditions.
The carpark at the end of Middle Street will remain open while works are in progress, and vehicle movements will be controlled by traffic controllers.
Access to all surrounding buildings will be maintained through clearly designated areas.
Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the works were the first stage of a planned refurbishment for the much-loved community asset.
“There are a number of exciting upgrades proposed for RPAC, subject to Council prioritisation and funding opportunities,” Cr Mitchell said.
“These include a revitalised entrance, a covered outdoor café and permanent seating in the piazza.
“There are also plans in the future to renovate existing spaces, turning the auditorium into a black box theatre, the events hall into an events and exhibition space, and the lawn area into an outdoor seated amphitheatre.”
The RPAC Refurbishment Stage 1 project, which includes the cul-de-sac works and detailed design for the piazza upgrade, was made possible through $1.4 million funding from the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
The Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across the nation, supporting jobs and delivering benefits to local communities.