Western Downs Regional Council unveiled planned upgrades for the Knowles Pavilion at the Dalby Showgrounds at an announcement on Wednesday, 28 June. The development will  include an integrated entertainment precinct to help accommodate civic, cultural, and social activities growth.

The project will address a major gap in the region’s event tourism sector with a community civic centre for performing arts, expos, functions, civic and cultural activities.

Council Spokesperson for Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said the Knowles Pavilion upgrade is a significant community infrastructure project for the region and will see a civic centre located in Dalby for the first time.

“Experience tells us that Dalby has been missing out on the economic benefits of event tourism and associated short stay visitor opportunities because it doesn’t have a modern facility capable of hosting large scale functions,” he said.

Brown says the project is an opportunity to employ clever design and promises to improve access, energy and water efficiency as well as reduce maintenance costs.

“The facility will form part of a network of civic centre across the Western Downs, not only enhancing the liveability of our region but boosting our ability to attract civic, cultural, community and business events,” said Brown.

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