Eurobodalla Shire Council has approved the development application for the Narooma Arts and Community Centre, which will house three studio/workshop/meeting rooms, a gallery exhibition area with highway frontage, and a catering kitchen.
“It’s time for our whole community to break out the champagne,” said Narooma School of Arts president Jenni Bourke.
“We know the new building, alongside Narooma Kinema, will enhance the School of Arts site as an inspiring and vital arts and cultural hub which will strengthen our community and stimulate our economy well into the future, particularly through cultural tourism.”
The studio/workshop/meeting rooms will be suitable for art workshops, meetings, educational classes and singing groups. Studio 1 will have a sprung floor for dance classes and rehearsals.
The campaign for a new building on the School of Arts site began in 2006 when artists and other users identified the need for more purpose-built arts and community spaces in Narooma.
“It’s taken a huge amount of work by successive School of Arts’ committees and others during the years, in association with our architects, Clarke Keller, to bring it from the original concept to this stage,” said Ms Bourke. “Neil Mumme of Progressive Project Solutions assisted us through the DA stage. Now we have the huge task of making it a reality.”
The site is owned by the Narooma community, and held and managed on its behalf by Narooma School of Arts and Soldiers War Memorial Hall Inc.
The Narooma School of Arts will seek funding from the Federal Government, NSW Government, philanthropic sources and generous locals to build the $4 million centre.