Geelong Performing Arts Centre - Ryrie Street Redevelopment

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  • Kane Constructions join GROW initiative

    The Andrews Labor Government’s $37.5 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)redevelopment will provide employment and training opportunities to some of Geelong’s most disadvantaged job-seekers. .

    Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville and Member for Lara John Eren today joined Kane Construction at the site of the redevelopment to mark the start of demolition works and announce that Kane will be joining the G21 Region Opportunities for Work initiative.

    GROW was launched in 2016 by Give Where You Live Foundation and the G21 Region Alliance and supported by $1 million from the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. It connects businesses to job-seekers in areas of high unemployment rates.

    In signing up to the program, Kane Constructions joins a wide range of organisations and businesses working together to reduce unemployment and tackle social and economic disadvantage in the Geelong region.

    The Labor Government’s GPAC Redevelopment will transform the 36-year-old arts centre inside and out– with a striking new and accessible entrance, expanded facilities, and new foyers, bars, rehearsal studios and creative development spaces.

    The project is expected to create more than 100 local jobs and be a major driver of the revitalisation of Geelong’s CBD and economic growth in the region.

    Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

    Our GPAC redevelopment will revitalise Geelong and deliver important social and economic opportunities for some of our region’s most disadvantaged.”

    Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

    “Kane has worked on a number of transformative projects for Geelong and this deepens their commitment to the region, to local jobs and to creating opportunities that will transform people’s lives.”

    Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

    “Local procurement is an important way to drive economic growth and job creation in our region. By signing up to GROW, Kane will join a collaborative effort to tackle unemployment and social disadvantage.”

    Quote attributable to CEO for G21, Elaine Carbines

    “It’s wonderful to see work begin on this G21 priority project, and especially pleasing that Kane has adopted the GROW principles of wherever possible employing and procuring locally to benefit the regional economy.”

    Quote attributable to CEO for Give Where You Live Bill Mithen

    “Kane Constructions joins 70 other local organisations in signing the GROW Compact. We are delighted that they will use their purchasing power to create jobs and opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

  • Trust welcomes new leadership

    Cultural leader and experienced company director, Lesley Alway has been appointed Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust.

    A former Director of Arts Victoria and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Ms Alway has a strong track record in cultural policy, management and international engagement spanning more than 30 years.

    She has held leadership positions in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors, and has worked across the creative industries.

    Most recently, Ms Alway was the Director of Asialink Arts, where she delivered a broad range of cultural exchange programs between Australia and Asia.

    She is also a Board Director of Opera Australia, Deputy Chair of ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and a member of the Australia-ASEAN Council appointed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Ms Alway is based in Melbourne and Queenscliff.

    The announcement comes as Joel McGuinness commences as CEO and the organisation farewells Jill Smith after a decade at the centre. 

    Ms Alway said she was honoured to be joining at such an important time, as work progresses on the $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment.

    “I am looking forward to working with the Trust, Joel and his team, the centre’s partners and the community to help shape this next era for arts, culture and creativity in our region.

    “Geelong Performing Arts Centre has a central place in the life of Geelong and the region. It was born from the community and continues to connect with, and provide opportunities for, artists and audiences of all ages,” she said.

  • Builder and artful transformation ready to go

    31 Aug 2017

    Work on Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s $38.5 million Ryrie Street Redevelopment will kick off in a matter of weeks with the appointment of award-winning builders Kane Constructions to deliver the project.

    Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined local dancers of all ages from the Val Hannah School of Dancing and Karen Feldman Dance Studio to launch the Andrews Labor Government project.

    The project will improve accessibility with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios. It will include two new foyers and a bar area, and provide new spaces for creative practitioners and organisations and include four new state-of-the-art studios for rehearsals and creative development.

    The architectural design blends the old and new, revealing the façade of the historic church on the site which has been hidden since 1920. A major public art commission will complete the design with an iconic artwork to be created for the Centre’s eastern exterior wall.

    Expressions of interest are open from local, national and international artists to create this large-scale work with funding of between $300,000 and $500,000 available to commission the work.

    Kane Constructions already has a strong presence in Geelong, with projects including the redevelopment of Simonds Stadium, the award-winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and the Playhouse Theatre.

    Construction will commence in September and will create 100 jobs. The project is being managed by Development Victoria.

    More detail on the public art commission can be found at, with expressions of interest closing on Wednesday 27 September.

  • Builders shortlisted for Geelong Performing Arts Centre


    22 Jun 2017
    The Andrews Labor Government is revitalising the Geelong CBD with the GPAC redevelopment moving to the next stage.

    Four shortlisted companies have been invited to submit a tender for the project, with the contract expected to be awarded in August 2017.

    ADCO Constructions, Built PTY Limited, Cockram Construction Limited and Kane Constructions Pty Ltd have been shortlisted for the project.

    The shortlist was drawn from a strong field with 11 expression of interest submissions received.

    The $38.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government will transform Ryrie Street and build a major cultural centre for Geelong’s CBD.

    The redevelopment will include better access to the Arts Centre and Playhouse Theatre studios, while building more rehearsal areas and spaces for the community to use.

    The improvements will make Geelong even more attractive to new business, investors, tourists and residents.

    Construction will start in the third quarter of 2017.

    Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said: “The Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) project is a vote of confidence in the future of Geelong.”

    “The new facilities at GPAC will improve Ryrie Street and provide new opportunities for business, tourists and locals.”

    “Redevelopment works will create jobs and provide many opportunities for local businesses during construction.”