MEET­ING CALLED ON PRO­POSED ARTS CEN­TRE,

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

THE Connolly Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and Joon­dalup Re­sort are host­ing an in­for­ma­tion evening to dis­cuss the pro­posed $100 mil­lion Joon­dalup per­form­ing arts cen­tre.

The free event has been ad­ver­tised as out­lin­ing con­cerns about the cost to City of Joon­dalup ratepay­ers over “the next 30-plus years”.

Bel­don res­i­dent Nicky Dan­gar said the meet­ing was “to fa­cil­i­tate im­proved chan­nels for the in­for­ma­tion to get to the peo­ple who need to make in­formed de­ci­sions”.

Joon­dalup Re­sort chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Car­roll said he was happy to sup­ply the venue and about 100 peo­ple so far had said they were at­tend­ing.

“I don’t have a prob­lem with build­ing a per­form­ing arts cen­tre but I think the scale is too big,” he said.

“Many years ago it was pro­posed at $30 mil­lion; it was small and just for per­form­ing arts.

“Now they are ex­pand­ing in to all sorts of com­mer­cial activities and that does im­pose com­pe­ti­tion for us.

“We don’t have a theatre but they’re talk­ing about tar­get­ing con­fer­ences and car launches, which we can do here.”

Mr Car­roll, who is also a City of Joon­dalup ratepayer, said he was “not knock­ing” the per­form­ing arts cen­tre be­cause he still be­lieved it was a great idea. “We need more in the area,” he said. “All ma­jor cities in the US have town halls; we need some­thing.”

The in­for­ma­tion evening will be held from 7.15pm on Mon­day, May 8 in the Joon­dalup Re­sort’s Lake­view Ball­room.

RSVP at www.try­book­ing.com/267332 or info@con­nol­lywa.org.au.

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