Bialowas hopes new board will consider plan for performing arts center of excellence | western avocado

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Close to the deadline for Expressions of Interest [EOI] in the former TAFE building on William Street, the architect behind one of the high-profile bids hopes a new council will see merit in a proposal that could revolutionize the cultural offering in Bathurst. For two years, local architect Henry Bialowas has championed the idea of ​​transforming the site into a center of excellence for the performing arts [PACE], which has already received a lot of support from the local community. READ ALSO: Deputy Premier Paul Toole insists Bathurst Council should pay for Hereford Street improvements. With the latest elections resulting in the election of five new councilors and the fact that the current council will likely select a final design brief for the building in 2023, Mr Bialowas hopes the new council will give serious consideration to the PACE submission alongside other EOIs. “Because the council has opened up EOIs to commercial developers, my particular concern is that the cultural needs of the city will be pushed aside in favor of the hunt for the almighty dollar,” he said. READ ALSO: Mayor wants major progress on Hereford Street during current term of council “The overwhelming feedback from the community regarding this project is that Bathurst needs more cultural facilities, and the PACE proposal will not only preserve a important educational asset, but will renew and reuse it as a facility with the potential to transform Bathurst into a world-class cultural region.” The PACE proposal also includes plans for a 12-unit residential development adjacent to the TAFE complex, which, according to PACE Group, could bring in millions of dollars for the council to help defray the costs of the proposed centre.Mr Bialowas said this was a golden opportunity for the council to take the lead and s engage in a project that could “determine the future of Bathurst for generations and generations to come. If we miss it, all the neighboring areas will have pr session on Bathurst when it comes to attracting the interest of major cultural consortia,” he said. READ ALSO: Burke’s Transport Forced To Play The Waiting Game Due To COVID Effects “Orange Spends About $20M On Its Conservatory, Tamworth Spends $128M On A Performing Arts Center And Even The humble Forbes is spending $7.2 million to turn its former ambulance station into a cultural and arts hub, what does Bathurst do? To make sure we can fill our local venues that host shows, we need a cultural hub which not only complements Bathurst’s burgeoning creative sector, but brings people to the city; we cannot continue to lose creative and innovative individuals to other cities and towns.” The closing date for EOIs is February 15, with the board then required to establish a shortlist of developers and request more detailed design proposals. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: