Can Council afford the project?

Council is committed to creating a state-of-the-art regional performing arts centre that will meet the needs of the Cairns community for the next 50 years.

As such, The Precinct will be funded from Council's capital works budget over the next 3 years giving the community certainty that the project will proceed. Previous proposals for a performing arts precinct have been dependant on contributions from other levels of government.

Council will approach the State and Federal Governments with a view to entering into a funding partnership for the project which, if forthcoming, will allow Council to redirect some of its funding allocation to other works.

Updated 17 November

Council has received funding commitments totalling $25 million towards the project - $10 from the Federal National Stronger Regions Fund and $15 in the Queensland Government's 2016/17 budget.

This funding will allow Council to reallocate $25 million to other community projects.

Last updated: 17 November 2016