About The Tweed regional Performing Arts Centre
The establishment of a Performing Arts Centre has been discussed in the Tweed Region for many
years. The lack of appropriate seating, stage, amenities, sound and lighting, storage and training
facilities features high on the list of urgent needs.
These particular concerns are shared by all genres of music, stage, festival events, audience and youth participation.
Prue Cutting of Terranora, a stage performer for many years in her early years, had the passion,
tenacity and exuberance to bring the dream of a Performing Arts Centre together.
Prue gathered a uge amount of information from schools; Council; Registered Clubs; dance schools; drama groups;
orchestras; choirs; performers as well as experts in sound, lighting and administration of similar
Centres. She has visited and researched over a wide range of issues and has wide ranging support
from National and International artists and experts.
On June 1, 2018 the Tweed Regional Arts was incorporated and an inaugural committee was formed
and this Committee has active assisted Prue in her endeavours. Tweed Regional Performing Arts is
certified as an Incorporation and recently received notification from the Taxation Department a
being a registered charity. Donations to the Centre will therefore be tax deductible.
Recently, the Tweed Regional Performing Arts was granted the sum of $20,000 by the State
Government for a feasibility study to be conducted on this proposal. As a result, the TRPA Executive
Committee selected Jo MacKellar of Destination Research to conduct this study.
Jo is based locally and has previously consulted to the Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Centre.
The TRPA thank the NSW Government, in particular the Deputy Premier John Barillaro and our State
Member, Geoff Provest for their support in this proposal.
Prue and her Executive Committee have been astounded at the reception of this proposal from so
many areas of the Performing Arts and residents. Support from schools, dance studios, the Northern
Rivers Symphony Orchestra, Tweed Drama Theatre and many artists and producers suggest a great
success for such a Centre.
The ‘Preferred Site’ is on the Crown Land Headland overlooking Duranbah Beach where originally
permission was given for a Tweed Museum to be built. The Centre proposed consists of a 1,000
seat theatre with 200 seats on the higher level; chamber music room, meeting and training rooms;
coffee shop, bar and restaurant built in such a fashion that it will not interfere with existing
residents’ views, the passage of walkers on the Crown Land and the establishment of a coastal
It is envisaged that this Centre will compliment and expand existing Cultural establishments such as
our Internationally renowned Art Gallery, museum and our Councils desire to establish the Tweed
as the cultural centre of Regional NSW.
There are many advantages in this proposal, including increased employment and training
opportunities; increased tourism on which this Region is highly dependent; the ability to produce
stage productions; conduct festivals, to present International shows and artists; to permit local
drama and dance to present; to give youth an opportunity to be part of or to produce these shows;
to provide training facilities; use of meeting rooms by local Service Groups and to permit large
The inclusion of restaurant, café and bar would encourage visitors and help present
the Centre as an Icon for our Region and future generations.
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