THE upgrade and refurbishment of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is a step closer, after the Bass Coast Shire Council announced it would begin releasing tender notices for seating replacement, technical systems and equipment, and building works.
The council is spending $1.589 million to upgrade the 35-year-old centre to attract more performances and people to town.
Last week, the council called for tenders for the removal and replacement of the 426 seats in the theatre.
It’s expected there will be 380 fixed seats, including eight with transfer arms for people in wheelchairs, and 40 removable seats, including four with transfer arms.
The contractors will be responsible for removing and disposing of the old seats.
The council is also keen to see how the contract will offer benefits to Bass Coast Shire residents and want to know what percentage of the seating company is Australian-owned.
On September 5, the council will begin seeking tenders for technical systems and equipment, which are likely to include over-stage rigging, stage lighting and system controls, stage lighting equipment, sound system, automated cinema setup, lighting positions and replacing the stage deck.
On September 12, the council will open for tender the refurbishment of the existing toilets, renewal works for the orchestra pit below the stage, installing a lift, stage flooring, painting, air conditioning, minor demolition and other works.
The tenders are expected to be worth a few hundred thousand dollars each. It cost $650,000 to rebuild the centre when it burnt down in 1980.
The works at the theatre will take place between December 31, 2017 and April 30, 2018.