Why build the theatre on the same site rather than previous proposals near the waterfront?

Community engagement conducted by independent consultants as part of previous projects has shown the Cairns community appreciates the central location of the Cairns Civic Theatre and sees the theatre as an integral part of the city's cultural fabric.

Building on the existing site has shown to be cost effective while meeting the technical and audience requirements as set down in the Savill report and other earlier investigations.

The former CEP proposal was to locate the facility on what has been documented as strategic port land adjacent to the Cairns waterfront. Both the Civic Theatre and Munro Martin Park are on Council-controlled sites eliminating the need to purchase land and dependence on co-occupiers.

The site will provide a strong entry statement at what is a key intersection into the city and it is hoped that the advent of the new facilities will generate more commercial activity in that specific part of the city.
Last updated: 03 June 2015