Arts centre delay affects first shows
The West Gippsland Music and Drama Eisteddfod is being forced to reconsider its options for staging the annual event after delays to the West Gippsland Arts Centre redevelopment were revealed last week.
Compulsory fire protection works to be undertaken as part of the construction process have caused “unavoidable” delays, according to Baw Baw Shire.
But the delay, which mayor Joe Gauci said may be only a week or so, has thrown planning for the eisteddfod into disarray.
The eisteddfod was scheduled to be the first event staged at the arts centre when it re-opens in August.
Warragul Regional College also plans to stage a school production at the new centre.
Cr Gauci said council was working with both groups to develop alternative options.
Eisteddfod president Meredith Davey said the committee would meet tonight to discuss options.
She said they were really excited to be the first booking for the new arts centre and it was disappointing that events would have to be relocated.
“It is a wonderful resource and we were looking forward to being back there this year.
Ms Davey said the shire contacted them last week.
She said they had known all along it was a tight timeframe and the shire had maintained contact throughout the redevelopment.
“It is upsetting for everyone,” she said. “We are now looking at schools and halls and what is available.”
Ms Davey said some events may have to be cancelled while others, including the paraeisteddfod would be postponed.
Cr Gauci said there were some fire proofing works that needed to be undertaken to ensure fire protection requirements complied with building codes and regulations.
He said it was something that was “pickedup” during building inspections.