Demolition works at the site of the new Rockhampton Art Gallery on Quay Street began today, paving the way for construction of the new gallery.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Rockhampton Art Gallery would be relocated from its current outdated facility on Victoria Parade and become the main feature of the new cultural precinct in the city’s CBD.
“This will allow the Art Gallery to better showcase and preserve its nationally significant collection in an area that will complement the CBD, Quay Street and the riverfront, while also connecting the heritage-significant Customs House with contemporary art and culture,” Ms Landry said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would provide a major boost the local economy.
“Around 24 people will be employed during construction and up to 100 ongoing jobs will be created once complete. Annual visitor numbers are expected to double from 41,000 to 90,000.
“The project will develop a three-storey art gallery with very spacious lower and upper galleries and three areas with educational exhibits. There will also be a restaurant and a gift shop.
The project is jointly funded with the Liberal and Nationals Government contributing $10 million, funded under its Building Better Regions Fund. This is an $841 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The Queensland Government is providing $13 million and the Rockhampton Regional Council $8.5 million.
Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254
Ms Landry – Nicole Neale 0447 281 277