Cultural precinct to go ahead
Council in favour of cultural precinct at existing cultural centre site
AT A special council meeting held on Tuesday, council decided it would seek to build a cultural precinct as an extension of the existing cultural centre in St George.
The meeting was held to decide on a motion to “proceed with the cultural precinct, subject to securing appropriate funding” on the grounds that council directly manage the project, engage key stakeholders and engage with the community when a concept had been decided upon. Cr Scriven sought to change the motion.
“Council agrees to proceed with the cultural precinct as an extension of the existing cultural centre to incorporate the library and new art gallery subject to securing appropriate funding,” the amended motion read.
The amendment was voted in favour, 4-3.
Mayor Richard Marsh expressed his disappointment when Cr Scott Scriven sought to amend the motion.
During discussions surrounding the amended motion, Cr Scriven said that the new wording was “more accurate a definition,” which “explains more clearly” what the new precinct would include. This was echoed by Cr O’Toole, who said that “the old motion was not specific enough.”
These claims, however, were disputed by Cr Gaske and Cr Todd, who were in favour of the original motion, with Cr Gaske asking why council would want to limit the precinct to only include a library and art gallery.
Cr Todd said that a cultural precinct should include a number of cultural areas. One topic of discussion that was not addressed in either motion, was consultation and coordination with the Indigenous community regarding the $1.3 million in funding that they were contributing to the project.
In the end, the amended motion was voted in favour of unanimously.
“I only voted in favour as there are no other ways forward,” said Cr Marsh.