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April 21, 2021

Byron Community Centre to get upgrade

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The heritage-listed building which houses the Byron Community Centre and Byron Theatre is set to get some much-needed renovation and refurbishment works in the coming weeks. 

The Byron Community Centre building in 1936. Image supplied

Funded through state government grants, the works will focus on the building’s iconic facade and include replacing the balustrade, new paint finishes on the Jonson Street facade and new paint finishes in the entry atrium.

There will also be new decorative lattice, verandah brackets and new signage. 

Increase visibility 

‘These works will put the Byron Theatre in the spotlight and increase its visibility on Jonson St,’ said Tanja Greulich, manager of the Byron Theatre.

‘We are right opposite the visitors and tourist precinct, but visitors don’t know the theatre exists! 

‘The new exterior design will really give us more presence, and the opportunity to broaden our market.’ 

Byron Community Centre and Theatre management worked with local design agency Whitewood on the proposed works, which will commence later this month.

‘We drew inspiration from the original design of the building in 1907, when it was the Byron Bay School of Arts,’ said Julie King from Whitewood. ‘It was important to us to incorporate elements of the Federation era architecture into our design plans. 

‘We worked closely with the Council to honour the buildings’ original character and its rich history.’

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  1. A heritage listed building that was only built a few years ago? There was virtually nothing left of the old building when it was rebuilt. Admittedly, I’m glad the facade of the current building looks like the old one & not the Noddy Towers originally proposed.


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