New project to explore Culture Hub

An exciting project will explore the feasibility of a contemporary cultural hub that showcases the Barossa’s arts and heritage attributes.

The Barossa Council will work alongside community stakeholders to identify key services and features of the proposed regional cultural hub, based around the existing Barossa Regional Gallery at Tanunda.

The initiative, which is part of The Big Project, comes on the back of previous work to deliver a culture hub for the region. It will see the development of a project brief, concept plans and a high level budget for Council to consider.

It’s anticipated a facility of this type would be a major tourism drawcard and drive investment and economic benefit for the region, while also providing a platform for local cultural activities.

Council’s Community Project Director, Joanne Thomas, said preliminary work showed strong potential and benefits of a regional cultural hub.

“Our vision is for a facility that brings together heritage, art and music in a contemporary space and offers a range of opportunities to enjoy an authentic cultural experience,” Jo said.  

“The idea is not to replace the work and multiple venues we already have in our region, but to identify gaps and use a future facility as a true hub and central reference point for cultural activities that are available so more people can enjoy them.”

The project will be underpinned by extensive community consultation as well as input from stakeholders who represent culture and the arts, tourism and regional development.

“We will be drawing on the knowledge of key stakeholders who have passion and understanding of this sector, as well as examples of best practice in South Australia and beyond,” said Jo.

“We know the Barossa Story is rich and inspiring, and we want to maximise these assets for the benefit of our local community, the regional economy and the thousands of visitors who come to the Barossa every year.”

A working party has begun discussions to help inform the development of a brief and project proposal.

More information about the Barossa Cultural Hub and The Big Project is available at www.barossa.sa.gov.au  The Big Project aims to determine what community infrastructure is built across the Barossa region to service the needs of the next 20 to 30 years, identify how it is funded and secure from funding partners.