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Council awards Cultural Precinct tender

28 May 2019

A fresh and exciting future for Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Precinct is a step closer with Council announcing the successful architect for the master plan.

Gunnedah's Cultural Precinct includes Gunnedah Town Hall, the Smithurst Theatre, the Civic Theatre, the Creative Arts Centre, and the Visitors Information Centre on the corner of Conadilly and Chandos streets.

The plan will also examine the best uses of the newly-acquired block of land adjacent to the Smithhurst Theatre, allowing an expanded vision for the precinct.

Award-winning architects Dunn & Hillam will look at creating a more cohesive precinct incorporating these five important facilities into a new-look precinct as part of the Cultural Precinct Master Plan and Concept Plan.

Gunnedah Shire Council Director Corporate and Community Services Colin Formann said the plan would guide the future development of the facility and help Council in seeking grants to fund future improvements.

“We will be looking to better connect the spaces between the buildings and plan for a facility that will cater to a growing community with a vibrant arts and cultural scene.”

Gunnedah Shire Council voted to appoint Dunn & Hillam Architects to the project following a tender process that attracted eight submissions. The architects will develop a concept plan following consultation with the community and users of the facility, as well as a cultural heritage plan.

Community members who are interested in being part of an advisory group to assist the architect and have input into the process are encouraged to express their interest by sending an email to by June 12.


Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.