ARTS and culture are on the agenda for Armidale Regional Council.
Consultation for the Community Strategic Plan revealed there was a desire in the community for a multi-purpose performing arts centre.
The centre may also serve as an entertainment and conference centre.
Armidale Regional Council administrator Dr Ian Tiley said Council will undertake the development of a master plan for a proposed cultural precinct around the New England Regional Art Museum.
“However, other ideas and views as to a cultural precinct are most welcome,” he said.
“While Council was unable to proceed with the proposal to build a civic centre complex that include a multi-function performing arts and conference centre, including the new library, within the Armidale CBD precinct, it has not ruled out alternatives and is keen to seek views on other options.”
New England Regional Art Museum chair Andrew Murray has supported the proposal.
“The whole Newling-Moran Reserve from Dangar Street to Taylor Street is a well-used and much loved public space which should be upgraded as an arts, environment and fitness precinct,” he said.
“Co-locating the proposed Performing Arts Centre here would be a welcome addition to the precinct which would lead to increase synergies across Armidale’s dynamic arts community.
“A masterplan for this site is well overdue.”