Question & Answer

This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question about our vision for the performing arts in Townsville please feel free to ask it below!

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Parking

The Civic Theatre often has parking problems even with the capacity it already has. How much extra parking is included in this proposal and what traffic management ideas are there in order to better facilitate the arrival and departure of audiences for multiple performances on the same evening?

Official response from submitted
Very good question.  
The parking proposed wipes out the existing car parking to the west of the Civic (loosing about 120 car parks) and replaces these with 780 car parks of which about 200 would be bitumen and 550 grassed.  Added to the existing parking to the east of the Civic the total would be 860 car parks.   
 
There is still the sealed area behind the Pits Building for extra parking if needed.
Additionally there is provision for disabled, a taxi rank and a 3 Coach drop off area plus Coach parking.   As well there is a 60 metre long drop off zone so that many patrons can be deposited off at the main doors leaving only the driver to park and walk back.
 
Theatre management would always stagger performance starting times and intervals in order to reduce both car park, foyer, bar and toilets congestion.
 
It is proposed to double the number of entries from Boundary Street to four.  This would be subject to a detailed traffic flow study to determine what the optimum would be for flow and safety.
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All well and good but where is the money going to come from?

Official response from completed

This is a major community infrastructure proposal.   It should attract funding from local government, especially Townsville City Council but as a regional facility, possibly also from surrounding Councils as well.  It could expect to receive at least matching funds from the State Government and would hope for similar matching funds from the Federal Government.   There is also no reason why funds should not come both from the community generally and also sponsorships support from national or North Queensland companies.

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Can the plans be changed before any of this gets built?

Official response from completed

Absolutely.   This is only a concept plan – what we want is feed back.   Let us know of any improvements or concerns and we will add them to the list of issues to be addressed in the detailed design stage whenever that happens.

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With five venues in the one Centre how many stage doors are there, and is there room for more than one production’s performers at the same time?

Official response from completed

There remains only one Stage Door which is at the rear of the Civic.   This is for security purposes.   The backstage facilities have been increased by about 15% from those of the existing Civic but keep in mind that almost every dressing room area shown on the ground floor plan is also duplicated on the first floor.   Very few shows use all of these dressing rooms.   If a show with a large cast is on in one venue then only shows with a small cast would be booked in other venues.

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Would there be enough back-of-house facilities if all of the TPAC venues were in use at the same time?

Official response from completed

This would never happen because there would not be sufficient specialized theatre staff available to work all five venues simultaneously.   In practice bookings that are made are restricted to the combined limits of available theatre equipment, available venues and available staff.   Generally only two venues might be in use on any one evening but other venues might be in bump in or bump out at that time or being reset for their next show.

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Is the TPAC in the PDA – the Ross Creek Priority Development Area?

Official response from completed

 No.   The PDA stops at the railway line just to the north of the TPAC site so TPAC is adjacent to what is proposed to be the stadium site and is on the opposite bank of Ross Creek to the old railway workshops site.

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Is the Concert Hall just for music?

Official response from completed

No.   The Concert Hall is a theatre that can be used for many sorts of performance.   What makes a Concert Hall different to a drama theatre (like the Civic Theatre) is that the stage is in the auditorium not a separate area divided from the auditorium by the proscenium arch.   Also it does not have a fly tower above the stage.   The acoustics in a Concert Hall are better for live music and voice, in a drama theatre it is better for a speaker system.

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