West Gippsland Arts Centre Update

Published on 13 April 2018

Baw Baw Shire Council is advising the community of construction progress at the West Gippsland Arts Centre upgrade project.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said construction works were progressing well with recent achievements including:

  • All steel within the auditorium being installed with the balcony floor being built out.
  • Steel for all the main lobbies outside the auditorium installed with the northern steel being completed this week.
  • Main windows out to Civic park installed.
  • The café has been water proofed and tiling complete.
  • Civil works for the new forecourt area have begun.

One delay in the program, however, has seen the need to ensure that all fire protection requirements comply with building codes and regulations.

“To this end, the consultancy team has advised that these fire protection works on the newly installed steel structural beams will take longer than first anticipated resulting in an unavoidable delay”, said the Mayor.

“Bringing old buildings up to modern structural and compliance codes is always a monumental task. Often unforeseen challenges are uncovered the more the project progresses.

“We’re disappointed that our time frames have been pushed back, but we can assure the community that Council officers and contractors are working hard to keep the ball rolling.”

This delay will impact on two programs that were originally planned to take place in the Arts Centre for late July and early August.

“Our focus now is to work closely with the two groups whose bookings will be impacted by the delay. The Arts Centre team have met with both groups and are assisting with alternate arrangements”, said the Mayor.

“The number one priority in a project of this scale is delivering a building that complies with all safety and building codes and regulations to ensure it remains a valuable community asset for generations to come.”

More information about revised deadlines will be available at an onsite walk-through with media, the Project Reference Group and other key stakeholders in early May. Details for this event will be available soon.