Aug 14, 2019

Cracking start for $31.5m gallery construction

Cracking start for $31.5m gallery construction Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry marks the start of demolition work with Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strehlow and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

Demolition works have begun at the site of the new $31.5 million Rockhampton Art Gallery on Quay St.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Rockhampton Art Gallery would be relocated from its current outdated facility on Victoria Parade and become the main feature of the new cultural precinct in the city’s CBD.

Rockhampton-based Woollam Constructions has been appointed to build the new gallery.

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,” he said.

“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 Federal Government is contributing $10 million under its Building Better Regions Fund, while the Queensland Government is providing $13 million and the Rockhampton Regional Council $8.5 million.

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