The tender to replace the 33 year old air conditioning system in the Queens Park Theatre was awarded to local business Cramer and Neill at this week’s Council meeting.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said the $2.5 million tender provided good value for money and awarding it locally aligns with the City’s commitment to stimulate the local economy.
“The City will be spending a record $68.5 million on various capital works this financial year which includes replacing the air conditioning system at the QPT,” he said.
“The aging asbestos roof also needs to be replaced and the tender for these works is currently being finalised.
“Although the City has separated these two contracts for tendering purposes the replacement of the roof and air conditioning system will be done concurrently.”
The QPT will be closed for the refurbishment from 1 January till approximately 30 June 2016. During this time, the City will still be offering a reduced theatre program at alternative locations such as the QEII Seniors and Community Centre.
“To ensure our community can still enjoy QPT shows the City will be delivering a skeleton program at alternative locations which will be highlighted on the QPT website,” Mayor Carpenter said.
“Once the refurbishment is complete the City will once again be able to provide a contemporary conference venue and theatre amenities to the community without patrons and visitors having to feel the heat of our Geraldton climate.”