A proposed performing arts centre to be included in the new Armidale Secondary College has been downgraded.
But the first sod was turned on the construction this week, and the plans do not include the large entertainment facility.
Mayor Simon Murray has said the resolution adopted at the June 2017 monthly meeting, which committed council to the contribution of $1 million, would not be put up for a recession motion.
“From what I understand the facility will now have 450 seats and not 1000,” Cr Murray said
“Surely we are now in a position to reconsider council’s contribution to this project in light of the State Government’s increased funding to $117 million.”
“A lot of water has gone under the bridge since 2017 and I need to find out a bit more about all this.”
Council CEO Susan Law also confirmed that the council had not provided the $1 million in funding.
Council resolved the centre be 1000 seat capacity and available to the regional community for entertainment, performing arts and conferences.
WATCH: Ian Tiley announces the funding commitment in 2017:
As council administrator at the time, Dr Tiley also stipulated that the community have input into the facility design. Funding for the facility was due to be paid over three years commencing from 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Education department executive director Frank Potter said council and the community would be involved in the planning process and a community users agreement put in place.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall yesterday said he knew nothing about council funding any part of the secondary college.
“I was not aware that council had passed this resolution,” he said.
Mr Marshall confirmed the Department of Education was planning a much smaller auditorium for the college.
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