Ipswich is calling out for an arts centre
THE establishment of a purpose-built performing arts centre could be just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting large numbers of Ipswich people to embrace their CBD.
We live in a fast-growing city where the locals, for whatever reason, seem to avoid the mall in droves.
It's not all bad news on the entertainment front, however.
Inroads are being made with the establishment of Studio 188, which is helping emerging performers express themselves on a state-of-the-art stage, while giving fans of live music and the arts a place to go and enjoy themselves without having to travel to Brisbane.
The Queensland Times and Ipswich Advertiser have done their best to help promote the city's entertainment program and the artists on it over the last couple of years.
The reasons for this are obvious; a healthy Ipswich arts scene is good for the city and its economy.
The flow-on effects of having more exicited people around the mall are good for business in the area - much of which has struggled in recent years.
The Civic Centre has attracted dozens of world class acts over the years and served us well, but it is now an ageing and outdated venue that can not cater for the high quality performers that Ipswich City Council would like to bring here.
To be truthful, a city pushing 180,000 people deserves better - and Council knows it.