Plans for a creative, cultural and community hub known as Creative HQ will be developed in the City of Logan in the coming year.
A Council-owned space in Wilbur St, adjacent to the Logan Central Library, is being considered as a possible site.
Logan City Council Community Services Director Katie Barton-Harvey, said Council planned to undertake the detailed design phase for Creative HQ with funding of $990,000 allocated in the 2019/20 Budget.
“Council believes this site has strong potential to be developed into a creative, cultural and community hub for the Logan community,” she said.
The hub will provide a space for a range of creative and cultural activities and programs.
It is planned for a commercial kitchen to be included in the development to enable the building to stage food ceremonies and present culturally derived menus.
It will be designed to enhance and complement what is provided at the Kingston Butter Factory, Logan Central Library, Logan Art Gallery and the Logan Entertainment Centre.
During 2018, the Logan Entertainment Centre hosted a total of 154 events attended by almost 50,000 people.
In April, the centre was identified as a Best of Queensland Experience by Tourism and Events Queensland for delivering an exceptional visitor experience and helping to build a positive reputation for both Council and Queensland.
The Logan Art Gallery is also a multi-award winning facility, receiving the Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Award at last month’s Australian Museums and Galleries Association’s national conference and awards night for the He kākano āhau (I am a seed) exhibition of contemporary Māori arts and culture held at gallery in October and November 2018.
The gallery also won a state-wide Gallery and Museum Achievement Award in 2018 for Logan City Council’s suite of five public art and heritage trails.
In 2018 Logan Art Gallery held 29 exhibitions and 20,239 people visited the gallery or participated in related outreach programs.
The City of Logan is home to more than 326,000 residents from 217 different nationalities and cultures.
In addition to the Logan Art Gallery and Logan Entertainment Centre, the city has nine libraries, four major event centres and 18 Council-owned community centres.
The 2019/20 Budget allocated $17.3 million to libraries and creative industries.