Which feature of the Casey Cultural and Civic Precinct are you most excited about?

about 6 years ago

The Casey Cultural and Civic Precinct will comprise a regional theatre, multi-purpose exhibition space, regional art gallery, new community library, community meeting rooms, Civic Centre and community plaza. View the Site Plan.

Consultation for this project has now closed. View the project vision, objectives and site plan. Feedback will be used to assist Council to develop the architect's brief for the project.

  • dicky about 6 years ago
    The regional theatre. It will be of enormous artistic and financial benefit to the City and the addition of a fly tower will broaden the range and style of shows that can be presented.I hope that the theatre will not be solely designed by achitects who know little or nothing about theatres, what they need and how best to make use of the space.We have already had a couple of theatres constructed in Casey that have not been as useful or practical from a performance and rehearsal point of view. Also that hiring costs will not be so high as to prevent use by the very groups for which it was meant to be built.Richard Green
    • stue about 6 years ago
      Regional theatre must haves- Fly Tower- orchestra pit- fixed seating with easy accessible space for wheelchairs- parking- dedicated loading dock built for semi trailers that can remain parked if needed- loading dock and wing space- prop storage- plenty of dressing room space on same level as stage and close to stage as possible. the ability to cater for up top 300 performers for local schools and dance schools- ease of access in technical areas for staff to access lighting and fixtures.- OB facilities- refer to the document created by VAPAC titled "Oh you beautiful stage"- speak to professionals who work at similar venues to not encounter same problems as experienced in other venues-
  • stue about 6 years ago
    Regional theatre must haves- Fly Tower- orchestra pit- fixed seating with easy accessible space for wheelchairs- parking- dedicated loading dock built for semi trailers that can remain parked if needed- loading dock and wing space- prop storage- plenty of dressing room space on same level as stage and close to stage as possible. the ability to cater for up top 300 performers for local schools and dance schools- ease of access in technical areas for staff to access lighting and fixtures.- OB facilities- refer to the document created by VAPAC titled "Oh you beautiful stage"- speak to professionals who work at similar venues to not encounter same problems as experienced in other venues
    • Jade about 6 years ago
      Totally agree with both Dicky and Stue, I am so excited and trilled that this project is officially back on the table and going ahead and believe not only will it be a wonderful asset to the community but one that will be embraced. I know industry consultation has been done in the past but it is vital that conversations are had with other VAPAC venues and staff.Other must haves to add to Stue wonderful list -- Assuming multiple levels a goods lift is essential, need to ensure that larger items eg pianos / rises etc can be easily and safely moved around the building backstage / front of house out to the gallery or multi space if required- Storage, storage, storage- Safe access on off the Stage from Front of HouseFront of House- A well planned and strategically located safe / secure Box office with enough space for ques especially during performances- A large spacious well thought-out foyer area with ample room for over 1,000 people if looking at a 800 seat theatre need to allow for when the schools ( 300plus people ) are using the venue and the performing students also flowing into this space as well as people attending other areas of the building especially if having a centralised foyer area. - Ample toilet facilities, especially for the ladies, separate baby change / family facility and disable toilets- Well appointed Bar / Cafe area- Safe space for prams to be left ( evacuation etc ) could be a big issue during a children's performance - Cloak Room for umbrellas etc obviously not a must but nice to offer residence- Disable access throughout the theatre if possible so patrons are not restricted to the back or front rows of seating- wide comfortable seats with great leg room no point building a beautiful venue if its uncomfortable to sit and watch the performanceBackstage - - adding on from the loading dock and wing space comment - ideally nice large stage with large wing either side ( both accessible to backstage ) to cater for an entire act of school/dance school number- rehearsal / warm up space in addition to ample change rooms.- I dont believe you could have too much space backstageOne very excited resident :)
  • Jade about 6 years ago
    Totally agree with both Dicky and Stue, I am so excited and trilled that this project is officially back on the table and going ahead and believe not only will it be a wonderful asset to the community but one that will be embraced. I know industry consultation has been done in the past but it is vital that conversations are had with other VAPAC venues and staff.Other must haves to add to Stue wonderful list -- Assuming multiple levels a goods lift is essential, need to ensure that larger items eg pianos / rises etc can be easily and safely moved around the building backstage / front of house out to the gallery or multi space if required- Storage, storage, storage- Safe access on off the Stage from Front of HouseFront of House- A well planned and strategically located safe / secure Box office with enough space for ques especially during performances- A large spacious well thought-out foyer area with ample room for over 1,000 people if looking at a 800 seat theatre need to allow for when the schools ( 300plus people ) are using the venue and the performing students also flowing into this space as well as people attending other areas of the building especially if having a centralised foyer area.- Ample toilet facilities, especially for the ladies, separate baby change / family facility and disable toilets- Well appointed Bar / Cafe area- Safe space for prams to be left ( evacuation etc ) could be a big issue during a children's performance- Cloak Room for umbrellas etc obviously not a must but nice to offer residence- Disable access throughout the theatre if possible so patrons are not restricted to the back or front rows of seating- wide comfortable seats with great leg room no point building a beautiful venue if its uncomfortable to sit and watch the performanceBackstage -- adding on from the loading dock and wing space comment - ideally nice large stage with large wing either side ( both accessible to backstage ) to cater for an entire act of school/dance school number- rehearsal / warm up space in addition to ample change rooms.- I dont believe you could have too much space backstageOne very excited resident :)
  • JandJ about 6 years ago
    Using the fuzzy site plan:What are the five 'Iconic building designs'?What is the purpose/use of the (new) Main Street?With an 800 seat theatre; where is parking for (perhaps) 400 cars proposed?With 400 cars leaving at about the same time; what traffic management plans proposed?What are the 'active', and 'semi-active edgings'?Continuing along Patrick Northeast, across Overland Drive, the green-dotted line and arrow-head end over existing shops. Are these to be demolished to create something new? And, what is this 'something new?'What is to become of the current lake, and wetlands situated where the proposed expansion will occur?From the Media Release, 5Jun13, construction is 'anticipated to begin mid-2015. Is this a realistic time-frame?
  • TonyMoody about 6 years ago
    I think the theatre sounds like a great idea! The whole project is a great idea! The Civic Precinct will be amazing. I hope it has a theme of water in it that represents harmony. I think with the theatre it has to have something that no other theatres have. Maybe a longer and bigger stage, fly towers, boxes...(((please have boxes as it gives a sort of majestic feel to it that it isn't some cheap theatre like Drum... even if there is only 1-2-3-4 boxes... At least have a box in the centre for the council mayor :p lol Also I'm guessing a lot of school plays will be performed... so lets not scare the kids away by making it look hostile, dark and torrid like the Drum Theatre in Dandenong... Make the outside beautiful and inviting. What I don't like about theaters is that they crunch in as many seats as possible when they should be trying to cater for comfort and aesthetics. Have some isles and please make it look like a grand theatre as that was the original message i.e. lighting, beauty, craftship etc I hope there will be some women architects working on the project.La Scala Theatre Milan was a memory I will never forget. It had a grand box to boot. I know the theatre cant look exactly like that, but hey try and make it at least look historical by having a few boxes :p Space & beauty is everything.
  • rainebow about 6 years ago
    I am most looking forward to the Community Theatre. But please, please make sure it has a larger seating capacity than the Cranbourne Community Theatre !!!We have children at school in Cranbourne and we must travel to Frankston for awards nights. This is such a shame when there is an excellent theatre on our doorstep which is too small to use.Our kids are also involved in a community group who hold their Christmas pageant at CCT and we are always restricted to the number of tickets per family because of the lack of seating.So, if this is going to be built, please make sure it is an adequate size. Do not repeat mistakes of the past.
  • yamins about 6 years ago
    Setting up a permanent art gallery is a great idea for supporting upcoming artist residing in the community something which council was lacking. Another suggestion would be to have an area dedicated (either indoors or outdoor) to celebrate the different cuisine of the various communities residing in the city. Wouldn't it be great, if once a month we would have a food festival celebrating one particular style of ethnic food :)
  • Civic Precinct about 6 years ago
    Council would like to thank participants for providing their thoughts on the Casey Cultural and Civic Precinct. Consultation has now ended and feedback will be used to assist Council to develop the architect's brief for the project.