The Music Bowl stage has hosted numerous concerts like 2011's year’s Electronic Vibes festival and Silverchair whose frontman Daniel Johns gets the crowd pumping.
The Music Bowl stage has hosted numerous concerts like 2011's year’s Electronic Vibes festival and Silverchair whose frontman Daniel Johns gets the crowd pumping. Allan Reinikka

Could the Music Bowl make a comeback?

AFTER being closed in 2011 due to lack of use, financial viability and high cost of maintenance, the Music Bowl could make a comeback.

Mayor Margaret Strelow yesterday confirmed Rockhampton Regional Council had withdrawn the facility from the market "for the time being" and is considering options.

"Council had entered into a contract with a potential purchaser but when that went 'pear-shaped', council decided to withdraw the Music Bowl," Cr Strelow said.

The property's sale is suspended until Economic Development Queensland's (EDQ) plans for the nearby CQUniversity site and surrounds are announced.

The Music Bowl was closed at the end of 2011 after the previous council agreed to put the money towards a special reserve fund for the future provision of the arts and infrastructure in the region.
 

POSSIBLE REOPENING? Music festival Electronic Vibes was one of the last events held at the Music Bowl in 2011. But Rockhampton Regional Council now plans to evaluate whether to sell or keep the venue.
POSSIBLE REOPENING? Music festival Electronic Vibes was one of the last events held at the Music Bowl in 2011. But Rockhampton Regional Council now plans to evaluate whether to sell or keep the venue. Chris Ison

Cr Strelow said she and the other councillors wanted to revisit the Music Bowl and get a second opinion on what rejuvenating the venue would entail.

"The last council said it would cost $450,000 for repairs, which is a scary figure and costs haven't gone down, but that also included work on the toilet block," Cr Strelow said.

"We are keen to understand why the council of the day made the decision it did and to consider whether a 'reprieve' for a period of time might be in order. It's (the decision) all going to come down to money."

Cr Strelow said council's budget meant they were in a position to be able to hold on to the land which also gave them the opportunity to wait and see on what becomes of the nearby CQU Rockhampton Priority Development Area (PDA).

It was wins like $1.2 million in federal grants that allowed council to "bide their time", Cr Strelow said.

"We believe that there will be synergies between the Music Bowl development and the development of the university residential area in the future," she said.

The area was chosen as a PDA due to the impacts on Rockhampton's housing market as a result of the resources boom.

The plan is to provide more affordable and diverse forms of housing. Public notification for the scheme was undertaken in June to August, 2012.

It was an opportunity to develop a university-based urban development, integrating CQU's learning and other facilities with residential neighbourhoods.



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