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project overview

Dedicated Arts and Cultural Precincts hosting a vibrant program of cultural and arts programs and public engagement have proven to be remarkable assets around Australia and internationally. Hedland's current arts and cultural infrastructure is spread out and there is a need for one centralised hub. 

In July 2021, the Town engaged Officer Woods Architects and RFF Consultants to undertake an investigation and evaluation of options for a consolidated arts and cultural precinct in Hedland. In January 2022, the Town conducted an assessment of identified potential sites and selected Lot 500, Forrest Circle as the most appropriate site for the construction of a centralised Arts and Culture Precinct. 

The Arts and Culture Precinct will seek to strengthen and build Hedland's cultural capacity, participation, inclusivity and exchange, activation of town sites, enhanced and co-located cultural infrastructure and precinct development. Spaces will be available and welcoming to all, ranging from performing arts, cultural immersion, dance schools and business tourism. 

community consultation

Comprehensive community engagement has informed the planning of an Arts and Cultural Precinct in Hedland. Over 30 hours of consultation was undertaken with more than 50 people and 25 groups. Stakeholders which have been consulted include:

  • Facility managers
  • Dance groups and organisations
  • Music and radio groups
  • Aboriginal organisations
  • Performing arts groups
  • Internal Town staff
  • Performing arts and event businesses
  • Visual arts groups
  • Industry
  • State government agencies

The sharing of unique storytelling, amplifying local culture and empowering community participation and contribution were some of the identified opportunities reflected during consultation. 

news

25 March 2022

Vibrant hub plans for Hedland Arts and Culture precinct

Council has endorsed the feasibility study and needs analysis for a centralised Arts and Culture Precinct and noted the proposed location of Lot 500 Forrest Circle in South Hedland.

Dedicated Arts and Culture Precincts play a significant role in hosting vibrant cultural and arts programs for community engagement around Australia and internationally.

The Arts and Culture Strategy 2019-2022 highlighted the need for one integrated hub for Hedland’s arts and cultural infrastructure with facilities that provide appropriate spaces for performance and community use.

The Town engaged Officer Woods Architects and RFF Consultants in July 2021 to undertake an investigation and evaluation of options for a consolidated Arts and Culture Precinct in Hedland.

Significant community consultation was undertaken alongside engagement with a range of stakeholders to recognise future opportunities and propose development options for selected sites using design, feasibility and business expertise.

The sharing of unique storytelling, amplifying local culture and empowering community participation and contribution were some of the identified opportunities reflected in the findings.

Potential location sites were assessed against evaluation criteria including space for co-located cultural infrastructure for both commercial and civic use, service connections, environmental provisions and best practice requirements of comparable cultural precincts.

The Arts and Culture Precinct design concepts will be further developed to detail community space integration.

Mayor Peter Carter acknowledged the contribution of stakeholder expertise and input in formulating the study and analysis to date.

“The Town thanks the community, industry and arts and cultural organisations for their valuable input in highlighting the social value Hedland’s arts scene brings to the community and the requirements needed for arts and cultural infrastructure.

“The project envisions a vibrant, integrated Arts and Culture Precinct that is available and welcoming to all, ranging from spaces for performing arts and cultural activities to places for Performing Arts Schools and business tourism.

“The enhanced infrastructure development of the Arts and Culture Precinct will strengthen and build on Hedland’s cultural capacity, participation, inclusivity and visitor engagement.

“Council looks forward to the next stages of this project, bringing a fit-for-purpose venue to South Hedland to provide more opportunities for celebrating our cultural heritage, arts and Pilbara lifestyle.”