Have Your Say on Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility’s Business Case
7/02/2017 8:02:55 AM
The Joondalup community can now have their say on the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility (JPACF) business case.
At a special meeting on Wednesday 1 February, the Joondalup Council voted to publically advertise the JPACF business case for 42 days between Thursday 16 February and Thursday 30 March 2017.
The business case includes the project scope, strategic context, needs analysis, design options and the financial, social and economic assessments of the JPACF. There will also be supporting documentation such as consultant reports, concept and schematic design drawings, detailed financial and operations analysis and other technical data.
A community consultation brochure and covering letter will be delivered to all residents, ratepayers, and key stakeholders. Two community forums will also be staged during the consultation period.
All JPACF documents and details will be available at the City’s website at joondalup.wa.gov.au (Due to the size of the documents) residents are asked to submit any feedback via the online comments form available on the website from 16 February 2017.
A further report will be provided to Council in June 2017 detailing the results of the community consultation process. From there the council will decide whether or not to proceed with the construction of the JPACF project.
The design of the JPACF includes an 850-seat auditorium of international standard, a 200-seat ‘black box’ theatre and a variety of rehearsal spaces that could cater for small performances and general community activities.
It also includes a dedicated art gallery with curatorial space, a Jinan Chinese Cultural Garden, bar and catering facilities as well as conferencing and exhibition facilities, managerial spaces and car parking.
The JPACF business case has been developed over several years with input from expert consultants, performing arts facility managers, the Department of Culture and the Arts, Perth Theatre Trust and other key stakeholders.
The project is expected to create more than 600 direct and indirect jobs during construction, as well as more than 40 full-time employees per year after opening. It is also anticipated to attract visitors to the region who will add $2 million to the local economy each year.
At current market rates it is estimated that the JPACF would cost $99.7million to plan, design and construct.
The City has implemented strategies to fund the costs and if the project proceeds, will have a projected $37.5million in reserves to help fund the JPACF. The remaining costs will be funded by a $10million grant and the balance by borrowings.
The JPACF will require an on-going annual contribution by the City, estimated to be $863,000 per year.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard urged all members of the local community to analyse the JPACF business case and make an informed decision on whether they would like to see the project progress.
“Once all feedback is collated and reviewed, a report will be prepared for the Council in June this year, as part of the decision-making process,” he said.
Mayor Pickard has long spoken of the many benefits in seeing the project come to fruition.
“The need for a regional performing arts and cultural facility was first identified in 1992 and the JPACF project is an investment by the City in greater social capital, as well as arts and culture that will drive greater economic development opportunity and further position Joondalup as a major tourist hub and Destination City,” he said.
“Facilities such as performing arts and cultural centres foster community pride, cohesion and identity, as well as improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.
“The successful delivery of the JPACF would strengthen the local community through the provision of accessible and inclusive shared arts and cultural experiences, as well as building on the City’s strong arts and cultural program.
“A performing arts and cultural facility is the last piece in the jigsaw that will make Joondalup the truly great City that was first envisaged by Sir Charles Court.
“The City openly acknowledges that the facility will run at a deficit, as do performing arts and cultural centres throughout the world, however the City will embrace industry practice in order to maximise revenue opportunities for the JPACF.
“The annual deficit will pale into insignificance when compared to the cultural vibrancy, economic activity and net benefit per household this facility will bring to our community when all factors are taken into consideration".
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- Land for the proposed site of the JPACF (3 Teakle Court, Joondalup) was purchased in 2006.
- At its June 2010 meeting Council established the JPACF Steering Committee and endorsed the project philosophy and parameters for the JPACF.
- A Market Analysis and Feasibility Study undertaken in 2012 outlined a significant under-provision of performing arts and cultural facilities in Perth’s northern corridor.
- At its March 2013 meeting Council authorised the initiation of an architectural design competition for the development of a conceptual design for the JPACF.
- The City commenced the two-stage competition through a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) process in April 2013. A public voting process for the People’s Choice Award was held for the four submitted concept designs, where Council subsequently endorsed a conceptual design.