Tuesday, 15th November 2016
Caloundra Regional Gallery should remain at Felicity Park: McArdle
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has stood behind the Friends of the Caloundra Regional Gallery in their push for the gallery to remain within its original home at Felicity Park.
It comes as the recently released Draft Caloundra Centre Plan would see the entirety of Felicity Park redeveloped for the proposed “New Town Square”.
“The proposal does not provide any certainty for the gallery in Felicity Park. It could be lost in a redevelopment or removed entirely. It needs its own identity.” Mr McArdle said.
“The regional gallery has become a social and cultural icon for Caloundra over many decades and it would be wrong to see it removed or significantly changed,” Mr McArdle said.
“The park and the gallery are a perfect fit –one could say they nestle together.
Friends of the Caloundra Regional Gallery President Marie Pigott said that it is important for Felicity Park to be retained as a cultural precinct.
“The Sunshine Coast is becoming one of Australia’s art centers and it is wonderful to see this art appreciation here in Caloundra” she said.
“This has been strongly demonstrated by the huge crowds visiting the gallery and by the fact that we are now exhibiting the best works from some Australia’s best artists.”
The gallery is has been a culturally significant part of the Caloundra community since its construction in the mid-nineties, but the story of Felicity Park stretches further into Caloundra’s history.
Maurice and Felicity Stensen owned and resided in a cottage on the original site in the early 1940s which was later sold to the Council with the condition that the trees were to be kept.
The draft Caloundra Centre Master Plan was open for community consultation from 13 September – 7 October 2016. It can still be viewed online here
For further information contact: Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.