Expressions of Interest open for Sutherland Entertainment Centre Design Team

A New Era for Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

Sutherland Shire Council is calling for a Design Team to begin work on the major refurbishment of the Sutherland Entertainment Centre with Expressions of Interest (EOI) now open.

The refurbishment project provides a significant opportunity to transform an ageing building into an exciting, modern and versatile cultural facility and Council will work with residents and the performing arts community throughout the course of the project.

Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said the refurbishment is about fulfilling Council’s commitment to supporting a culturally rich and vibrant community.

“Our community love music and the arts, so we want to grow the range of opportunities to participate in and enjoy creative experiences. We want to support our local talent and bring great talent locally for the whole community to enjoy,” Mayor Pesce said.

“For 18 years, our Hazelhurst Arts Centre has been a source of joy and enrichment for the whole community and now we’re working toward significantly enhancing our performing arts centres for our community, to enable the same high calibre experiences in music, theatre, dance, comedy and more.”


The project presents an exciting opportunity to design a venue that will evoke the vibrancy of the performing arts, engage the community and enrich the surrounding town centre.

“We are really excited to see what design concepts will be submitted,” Mayor Pesce added.


“It’s a significant project so we’ll be taking a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable approach to development and will be providing an opportunity for the community to offer their feedback on the design concepts in 2019.”


As well as the significant work on the Entertainment Centre, the historic 1920s Memorial School of Arts at Sutherland will be brought back to its former glory and become a revitalised, boutique setting for music, theatre and more.

Sutherland Shire’s key third venue for performance and learning will continue to be at Engadine Community Centre, which will also be a valuable alternative theatre during the major refurbishment.

Full details on the EOI are available at

EOIs close at 2pm Tuesday 11 December 2018. Enquiries should be directed to Todd Payne on 9710 0419 or email

The major refurbishment of Sutherland Entertainment Centre will be rolled out over the coming years. For more details and to keep up to date with progress, announcements go to


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