The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, the largest regional Conservatorium in NSW, has revealed plans to extend and build a new performance space.
In an interview last week with Coast Community News, President of the Central Coast Conservatorium’s Management Board, Mr Peter Brandon, announced that the conservatorium was in negotiations with the University of Newcastle (UON), Central Coast Council and the NSW Government to secure its future expansion.
The Conservatorium is currently lobbying Central Coast Council for a 300 square metre piece of land located between a court house on the corner of Mann St and Georgiana Terrace, and the site of Council’s proposed multi-storey carpark in Gosford. Mr Brandon stated that the land would be developed in stages to accommodate a new performance space, studios and a library.
The UON is the current trustee for the land, however Mr Brandon stated that hopes to see the trusteeship transition to the Conservatorium for the next 30 years.
The Conservatorium has also been lobbying the NSW Government to provide it with $2 million out of the $10.5 million bundle of NSW Government funds promised for the development of a regional performing arts centre in Gosford.
Earlier this month the Hon. Donald Harwin MP, Minister for the Arts, visited the Conservatorium with Adam Crouch, the Member for Terrigal. During his visit, Mr Brandon and Conservatorium CEO & Artistic Director Patrick Brennan, presented the Minister with a proposal for an extension of the premises, in the hope of securing funding support.
Learn more about the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music by heading here.