A traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony marked the dawning of a new era this week with the unveiling of a new contemporary name and brand for council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre’s history, now to be known as VENUE 114 (one one four).
As part of the change, the walls of VENUE 114 have been brought to life with the help of three local artists who have created murals which reflect local scenes, creating movement and energy throughout the facility.
VENUE 114 has also opened a sustainable focused espresso bar, aptly named ZEST, which promotes healthy eating and healthy minds.
Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said performance and community venues were a valuable asset on the Sunshine Coast and it was important they remained contemporary, providing diverse spaces for diverse events.
“Today’s renaming of the popular Lake Kawana Community Centre to VENUE 114 is a significant milestone for this community-focused council facility,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Performance and community venues are often seen as an attractor for surrounding investment, growth and economic development and the renaming ensures this venue remains current and modern to a broader target audience.
“This is in keeping with our vision is to be Australia’s most sustainable region – one that is healthy, smart and creative.”
Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said Lake Kawana Community Centre had brought a range of diverse events to the region since its opening in 2005.
“It is now time for a name change and VENUE 114 will continue to cater for a diverse range of events, and offer captivating, creative experiences that will engage, excite and challenge our audiences,” Cr Cox said.
“Socially and culturally, VENUE 114 will remain a great place for interaction and participation in community and cultural life.
“There is no doubt experiencing a show extends beyond the stage, and communities can become invigorated by vibrant and diverse arts and cultural experiences like we have on show here.
“Whether it be hosting music superstars like chart-busting Guy Sebastian or Queensland Ballet dance workshops – there is literally something for everyone.
“The events on offer at VENUE 114 will captivate and create experiences that engage, excite and challenge our audiences.”