Community survey results have overwhelmingly endorsed the Kingston Butter Factory (KBF) as the natural fit for a dedicated performing arts and cultural hub in the City of Logan.
Council received this feedback from a survey carried out to gauge community opinion on the future of the KBF building at Kingston.
Following the decision in August this year to not proceed with an innovation hub at the site, Council proposed returning the building to the community as a cultural heritage and performing arts hub.
The plan reflected local sentiment expressed during previous engagement around community needs and expectations for arts, cultural and entertainment facilities in Logan.
Logan City Council Director of Community Services Katie Barton-Harvey said last month’s survey was all about checking back in with the community, to make sure the plans still meet community needs and expectations.
“The response was clear. We received feedback from 210 people and the community has backed Council’s proposal,” she said.
“About 93 per cent agreed Logan expressed a desire for a dedicated performing arts and cultural hub, and about 90 per cent agreed such a hub would be best located in the KBF building.
“We’re grateful to all the people who took the time to share their opinions with us.
“We’ll continue to engage with the community as our KBF hub plans develop.”
The centrepiece of Council’s proposed reimagining of the KBF building will be a renewed black-box style theatre and a Living Museum of Logan to celebrate the stories of our people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In addition to the theatre and museum, the KBF building is proposed to also include:
• flexible studio space for rehearsals
• foyer, reception and box office
• flexible, multipurpose space for events, functions and displays
• meeting rooms
Meanwhile, site works are already under way to prepare the grounds for the previously planned outdoor stage, which will be the largest permanent outdoor venue in the city.
Construction on the outdoor stage and refurbishment of the KBF building will begin next year, along with creation of a new signature entry from Jacaranda Ave, and play spaces in the grounds.
The KBF Cultural Precinct – the outdoor stage, KBF building and grounds – will aim to open in December 2020.
To see the results of our survey, visit: Haveyoursaylogan.com.au/kingston-butter-factory-cultural-precinct