Jun 12, 2013

A new South Hobart community hub

The Federal Labor Government will contribute up to $1.65 million to convert the historic, former South Hobart Primary School site into an innovative arts and culture centre.

South Hobart has both a high demand and a considerable shortage of arts, cultural and community spaces.

Tasmania’s arts and cultural events and organisations are becoming increasingly prominent and helping to build Hobart and Tasmania’s reputation as a first class tourist destination.

The Federal Government’s investment will help consolidate that reputation and provide the community with a creative hub in the tradition of the Salamanca Arts Centre.

The centre will provide an affordable and accessible space for artists, art groups and festival organisations to come together, organise events and build on the arts profile Tasmania is already well known for.

This funding will allow Hobart City Council to remediate the buildings and commence development of the site, which has not been in use since 2010.

The Government has already invested significant funding in a number of community and urban infrastructure spaces in Hobart, including $50 million to remediate the Macquarie Point Site, $15 million towards the redevelopment of Bellerive Oval and almost $3 million for the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park.