Proserpine prospers as Entertainment Centre opens

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Proserpine Entertainment Centre has reopened following an $18.7 million rebuild, paving the way for more shows and events that will support local jobs and boost the economy.

Rebuilding the Proserpine Entertainment Centre was a key infrastructure project for the Whitsunday region following the devastating impacts of Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen toured the new facility today.

The Deputy Prime Minister said bringing the facility back to life would continue to drive the region’s recovery.

“The reopening of this valued community facility marks an important step as the Whitsunday community continues to rebuild on the other side of Cyclone Debbie,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“This cultural and social hub will bring people together, enhancing social connections and providing a much-needed economic injection in the region through increased tourism activity and new jobs.

“With the only other operational arts and theatre centres located on the Whitsunday Mainland, locals can now look forward to more events closer to home and all the benefits that will bring to this area.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the facility was a valued community venue, acting as an arts and cultural centre, local cinema, conference venue and a social activity hub.

“This significant community facility was damaged during severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017, and I am pleased to see the rebuilt centre open and looking better than ever,” Mr Christensen said.

“This is a fantastic example of Australian Government funding in action, increasing the liveability and amenity of our regions by delivering locally important community infrastructure.”

The rebuild was made possible by a $5 million funding contribution from the Australian Government, with the Queensland Government providing $13.7 million.

It supported approximately 65 jobs during construction and is expected to create a further 27 ongoing jobs, which is game-changing for a regional community.

The rebuild has delivered a theatre with tiered retractable seating, a large stage and scenery dock, dressing rooms, a main hall and function centre for use as a multi-use space, and a ticketing area.

It also includes a café and bar area, full commercial kitchen, an outdoor performance area, an entrance foyer and car parking.

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