Proserpine Entertainment Centre

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Construction almost completed at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre


Whitsunday Regional Council is rebuilding the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and looking forward to reopening this important community facility soon!

The building was extensively damaged during Cyclone Debbie and the rebuild is proudly funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and Queensland Reconstruction Authority, with a current funding total of $18.8 million.


Latest News

The Proserpine Entertainment Centre is in the final stages of construction, with final fit-outs, interiors, electrical and audio-visual installations underway.

Equipment testing and staff training will take place once construction is completed this month, weather permitting, and the building is handed back to WRC.

The PEC is expected to be opened in March and we will keep the community informed once we have confirmed dates for the first shows.

The design includes a new multi-purpose auditorium and stage, retractable tiered seating with 380 seats, kitchen, café, bar, ticketing area, toilets and dressing rooms. Other features include a garden and street foyer, cinema screen, art installation, loading dock and scenery dock, technical theatre equipment, outdoor performance area and an upgrade of the War Memorial.

Find out more below or download the latest newsletter here:

Newsletter #10 - February 2022

Newsletter #9 - November 2021

Newsletter #8 - July 2021


Survey Results - What do you want to see at the new Entertainment Centre?

We are busy planning our Events Program and recently we asked for your feedback. We had over 100 responses from the community which demonstrates the enthusiasm and excitement for our new facility. To view the key survey results, visit our webpage here.


Proserpine Cenotaph

Soon after 25 April 2020, the marble plaques and military badge were removed and handed over to the Proserpine branch of the RSL. A new and upgraded Cenotaph has been completed ready for the 2022 ANZAC service as part of this project.

The new Cenotaph has been funded by the Australian Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants and the Queensland Government's Veteran's Memorial Grants Program.



Whitsunday Regional Council is rebuilding the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and looking forward to reopening this important community facility soon!

The building was extensively damaged during Cyclone Debbie and the rebuild is proudly funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and Queensland Reconstruction Authority, with a current funding total of $18.8 million.


Latest News

The Proserpine Entertainment Centre is in the final stages of construction, with final fit-outs, interiors, electrical and audio-visual installations underway.

Equipment testing and staff training will take place once construction is completed this month, weather permitting, and the building is handed back to WRC.

The PEC is expected to be opened in March and we will keep the community informed once we have confirmed dates for the first shows.

The design includes a new multi-purpose auditorium and stage, retractable tiered seating with 380 seats, kitchen, café, bar, ticketing area, toilets and dressing rooms. Other features include a garden and street foyer, cinema screen, art installation, loading dock and scenery dock, technical theatre equipment, outdoor performance area and an upgrade of the War Memorial.

Find out more below or download the latest newsletter here:

Newsletter #10 - February 2022

Newsletter #9 - November 2021

Newsletter #8 - July 2021


Survey Results - What do you want to see at the new Entertainment Centre?

We are busy planning our Events Program and recently we asked for your feedback. We had over 100 responses from the community which demonstrates the enthusiasm and excitement for our new facility. To view the key survey results, visit our webpage here.


Proserpine Cenotaph

Soon after 25 April 2020, the marble plaques and military badge were removed and handed over to the Proserpine branch of the RSL. A new and upgraded Cenotaph has been completed ready for the 2022 ANZAC service as part of this project.

The new Cenotaph has been funded by the Australian Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants and the Queensland Government's Veteran's Memorial Grants Program.


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    I think what you will find was that Belinda was referring to the Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Masterplan that states on Page 7 that the "Regional Cultural Precinct" which was meant to be "In planning from 2018" clearly mentioned "New Art gallery, Cafe and Shops" the project champion of this was meant to be the "Economic Development & Tourism" department. It is soon to be 2022 and I don't see any art galley, cafe or shops. Is this turning into one of those many ideas that council has had for Proserpine over the years that never came to fruition? I am having flashbacks to the Proserpine Structure plan of 2007 that mentioned things like Botanical Gardens, neighbourhood centres etc, almost none of it was built. I did see a mention of "development of an arts district" in Proserpine in the Economic Development Strategy. Is this what this has morphed into? and if as the document states the plan for the district has been completed when will we see more details and will it be presented to the State & Federal Governments for funding this coming year? there is a large parcel of wasted land behind St James Church, 6 Main Street and the land at 9 Hinschen Street. These blocks could be purchased (or donated) by owners and amalgamated to provide space for a decent sized precinct, having a Hinschen Street frontage would be good too as it would be one of the first things tourists getting off at Proserpine Train Station would see.

    Angie53 asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Angie53, 

    Thanks for your comments regarding an art space or precinct in Proserpine. 

    The Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Masterplan was developed in late 2016-early 2017 prior to Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, which significantly damaged the building. The disaster relief funding we have received from the Queensland Government requires us to rebuild the facility as an Entertainment Centre, on a similar footprint to the original building. As a result there is no dedicated art gallery incorporated into the new building. 

    Your suggestions and concerns for other locations have been passed on to the relevant departments in Community Services and Strategic Planning.

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    In the initial community consultation processes including community meetings it was strongly proposed and discussed that an art exhibition space be incorporated for all community visual artists/art groups to be able to exhibit their work and accommodate touring art exhibitions. There was also hope for a space to hold workshops as we do not have these facilities in our community. The initial brochure put out to the community stated that an art exhibition space was to occur. However, information circulating in the community is that there will be an permanent installation of Indigneous art only, and no actual art exhibition space will exist. Would someone please clarify what the actual situation is? Thank you.

    belinda asked about 1 year ago

    Hi belinda, the auditorium at the new Proserpine Entertainment Centre may be suitable for hiring as an exhibition space for local or touring exhibitions. For any enquiries regarding the hiring of the PEC please contact Council on 1300 972 753. 

    Please be advised there are currently no immediate plans for art commission or installation in the new Proserpine Entertainment Centre.

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    What type of surface will be around the exterior? will it be sealed to prevent staining and keep it looking good? what architectural lighting will be installed to ensure the centre has a good street presence at night and is there a possiblity for a digital screen to be installed on the facade to display current and upcoming events including time and temperature?

    Haley Johns asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Haley,

    Thanks for your enquiries. There are a number of surfaces on the exterior of the building, with the main product a type of cladding which is low maintenance and will only require cleaning on occasion. The product forms a rain screen to protect the building, and will not be painted. There will be architectural lighting installed on the front of the building during the final stages of construction, along with a screening façade which will provide a significant presence in the main street. There are no plans for a digital sign on the outside of the building, however there will be architectural signage which reflects the stature of the new building.

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    Will the venue be screening films for all ages?

    Seaside Styling asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Seaside Styling,

    Operating a cinema is part of our planning and business model for the venue. We will keep the community informed about how this will look closer to opening the facility.

    Thanks,

    WRC Team

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    Will the powerlines out front be removed soon?

    Angie53 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Angie53,

    Major works to remove the powerlines are underway and will be completed by the end of 2021, weather permitting. We have installed new underground conduits along sections of Main Street and Dobbins Lane, with connection across the street completed in the last month. Over the next few months, we will continue to install underground conduits between the NAB and the PEC. 

    Once this work is completed the power poles on the north and south side of the street will be removed, and footpaths upgraded to fit in with the newly revitalised Proserpine Main Street.

    Thanks, WRC Team 

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    This looks lovely. I assume there will be a regular bus service from Airlie beach for each film as well as families on wet days, Rather than hotel rooms or us locals who don't drive.we have been promised a cinima for many years so will expect locals and holiday makers with no transport will catch the curtacy bus.

    Valerie Stephens asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Valerie,

    Thanks for your suggestion. We will take this into consideration during our planning.

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    Are there any proposed sketches/designs of the war memorial? I would love for there to be a statue of Billy Sing.

    E D asked over 1 year ago

    Hi E D,

    Thanks for your query. We have a concept drawing, below, although please note the granite colour will not be as dark as in this picture.

    Thanks, WRC Team


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    Is there provision for parking ? Or will there be another purchase to provide parking like the council chambers shortfall?

    denisehadley asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi denisehadley,

    Thanks for your query. The disaster relief funding we have received from the Queensland Government to rebuild the facility requires us to rebuild the Centre on a similar footprint, and does not allow for a dedicated car park.

    Furthermore, street parking is freely available near the Centre, including in the adjacent Library car park and Deicke Arcade public car park.

    Thanks, WRC Team