West Gippsland Arts Centre
The West Gippsland Arts Centre (WGAC) enjoys pride of place in the beautifully landscaped Civic Precinct. Centrally located on the corner of Smith and Albert Streets in Warragul, it is the region's major performing arts, cultural and community centre.
The WGAC provides our community with entertainment, stimulation, excitement, a point of social gathering, a place for families to share experiences, for children to take their first bow, and for the community to see the world of touring performing arts shared by Australians in cities and towns elsewhere.
Catering to a wide variety of events, meetings, conferences and festivals, the WGAC is the ideal venue for any occasion from corporate and business functions to social and special events.
The WGAC was built in 1982 to provide a regional performing arts centre for the people of Gippsland. The project was inspired by local activists and supported strongly by the Hamer state government.
The project cost $4.5 million at the time and was jointly funded by Local and State Governments as well as receiving $450,000 in local contributions through community fundraising.
The WGAC is currently closed to make way for the $13.4 million redevelopment project, with works expected to continue until September 2018.
Council has been successful in receiving $4 million in funding from the State Government, as well as an additional $4 million from the Federal Government towards the redevelopment project. The remainder of the project is being funded through Council's Capital Works program.
For more information about the redevelopment project, go to West Gippsland Arts Centre Redevelopment.
Relocation of Council Staff and Services
As of Monday 6 March 2017 the Warragul Customer Service Centre, Arts Centre Team and Box Office which currently reside in the Arts Centre building will be temporarily relocated just around the corner in the Annex Building with access via Smith Street.
The Arts Centre café will be closed for the duration of the works.
Council meetings normally held in the Chambers at the WGAC will be temporarily relocated and held at the Trafalgar Business Centre, until further notice. For more information, go to Council Meetings.