A new performing arts centre in Queensland is set to create roughly 500 construction jobs over the course of its construction. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has currently funded over $73 million in contracts for local subcontractors and industries in a significant boost to the local Queensland economy. The centre will also create a myriad of arts and culture related job opportunities upon its opening.
The QPAC is being funded by the Queensland Government as part of their COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan. The project has been awarded $175 million in funding and the delivery of the project is being managed by the Department of Energy and Public Works’ Major Projects team on behalf of the theatre and Arts Queensland. The contract is being managed with Lendlease.
Construction work has begun with over 68,000 hours being spent on the project so far. More than 500 workers have been trained for work on the site which has so far laid the foundations for the theatre and is looking to add a roof to the Auditorium in the next stage. The new site is being constructed next to the existing QPAC, and building work is being implemented to connect the two structures for future ease.
The theatre is set to have a 1500 person capacity and will be one of the largest centres in Australia dedicated to the performing arts. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is a supporter of the project and commented: “When this theatre opens to audiences in 2023, it will make QPAC the largest performing arts centre in Australia, with five venues and the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors per year.”
Palaszczuk went on to describe the pressure on Australia to upgrade its entertainment infrastructure due to the upcoming 2032 Olympic games. Palaszczuk was quick to point out the “need to put Queensland on a global stage”, and the benefits of “jobs for local workers and millions of dollars’ worth of flow-on benefits for local companies,” that this type of project brings.