NEXT STAGE: Plans released for Tannum's new community asset
PLANS have been released for the next addition to the Tannum Sands skyline - a permanent performance stage at Millennium Esplanade.
The stage is set to be built within the next few months by the Boyne Tannum Arts Business & Community Association, the committee behind the monthly Beach Arts & Music festival.
BTABC president and Gladstone Region councillor Kahn Goodluck said the structure would be the result of years of fundraising by the committee, along with a grant from Boyne Smelters.
"It's a testament to the people that have been volunteering for so many years to bring this event to the community," Cr Goodluck said.
"We've got the plans drawn up and we're just waiting on a few quotes from builders now - we're trying to get quotes from local builders, to help them up."
The stage will be powered, however there will not be a permanent backdrop or inbuilt audio or lighting.
Cr Goodluck said construction would begin, pending council approval, at some point during the school term so as to minimise the inconvenience to the community.
The permanent stage will mean the committee will no longer have to hire a stage each month for the festival, which costs up to $3000 per month.
It will be constructed over four to six weeks and will be located close to where the temporary stage is set up.
"It's all been designed to fit within the theme of the buildings there already," Cr Goodluck said.
Cr Goodluck said once built, the structure will be donated to the council by the committee as a community asset, meaning anyone will be able to hire it through the council's usual facility booking process.
"People might want to have a wedding or a barbecue there," Cr Goodluck said.
"It's just a way that the committee can give back to the community."