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Ipswich Civic Centre temporarily closes for repairs

The ongoing impacts of damage caused by recent severe weather has forced the postponement of twelve additional shows as the Ipswich Civic Centre extends its current closure until 26 April 2022 to continue restorative work.

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said the city’s premier entertainment and function venue will extend the temporarily closure to best fix issues caused in recent weeks.

“Continued repairs and cleaning are required after further investigations revealed the Civic Centre sustained damage during the recent severe weather,” Cr Fechner said.

“The performing arts has been one of the hardest hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Civic Centre’s extended closure will be upsetting to the recovering local industry as well as hospitality businesses.

“It was heartbreaking that the March community production of The Sound of Music season had to be cancelled, and now sadly we must also postpone a large number of performances scheduled during April including a rare visit from the legendary Indigenous singer Archie Roach.”

List of Ipswich Civic Centre rescheduled shows

  • 1 April: Archie Roach
  • 6 and 7 April: Once Upon a Shoe
  • 6 to 8 April: PRISCILLA Queen of the Desert
  • 9 April: Creedence Clearwater Collective
  • 10 April: Showmen – The Ultimate Magic Spectacular
  • 13 April: World of Musicals
  • 22 April: Stitch in the ‘swich – April
  • 23 April: 50 Years On! Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 24 April: Jake Meywes – Unstandard
  • 26 April: MEDEA

The Civic Centre will be working with promoters and artists to reschedule these postponed shows in the future.

Box office services will still be available via the Civic Centre website and (07) 3810 6699.

At this time, the Ipswich Civic Centre will reopen and host the shows and functions currently scheduled or on sale for after 26 April 2022.

For more information about cancelled shows visit the Ipswich Civic Centre website or email theatre@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Councillor Fechner said the Ipswich Civic Centre team will contact ticket holders following discussions with promoters to lock in alternate dates, along with rearranging alternative venues for planned functions.

“While this is an unfortunate and frustrating situation for both the performing arts industry and audiences, we are asking the community to be patient as the many changes to shows and ticketing are worked through,” Cr Fechner said.

“The Civic Centre will provide further updates as the repair works progress.”

Ipswich Civic Centre operated venues including Studio 188, North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre and Level 1, 1 Nicholas Street will continue to operate as normal.

If you have been impacted by the flood or have been helping others and need emotional support, it can be accessed through Lifeline’s crisis support by calling 13 11 14.

The Ipswich Flood Recovery information webpage can be accessed at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/floodrecovery

A range of support and information is also available for Ipswich businesses impacted by recent rainfall and floods.

Visit Business Ipswich for information to help you get back on your feet.

Personal Hardship Grants are available through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements for eligible flood-affected residents in Ipswich.

Australian Red Cross is providing financial assistance to people affected by the recent floods. A $500 relief grant is available if your primary place of residence was flood-affected, to help with basic needs such as food, clothing and personal items.
 
Applications can be made online at www.redcross.org.au/grants or call 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).
 

Part of a sports club or organisation? The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish facilities and activities after extreme natural events.

Funding of up to $20,000 may be available for eligible sport and active recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/disaster-recovery

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