It used to be known as The Beehive because of its distinctive glass roof, but all that’s left of the City Council’s old Administration building at Evandale now is a hole in the ground.
Work has just begun on its replacement, a high-tech outdoor amphitheatre and concert lawn capable of holding 5,000 people.
The Administration Building was first opened on 11 September 11 1976 as the home of the council led by Mayor Sir Bruce Small. The council soon became famous for toe-to-toe brawls with the then Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Eventually the council was sacked by “President” Joh who put an administrator in charge to run the city.
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Now, 40 years down the track, the old building is making way for a key element of the city’s new Cultural Precinct.
Mayor Tom Tate says the multi-million dollar project will be finished in time for the Commonwealth Games.
“To me it’s quintessential Gold Coast, rising through the sand, ” he said.
“In the very near future you’ll have Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, ballet and of course high energy music acts, all happening right in the heart of our city.”
The mayor said years ago promising artists had to leave home and try to make their mark in capital cities down south.
Now, he believes the future will be much more promising for them.
“The main reason why the Arts and Culture Precinct has come to life is to cater for our local artists.
“We want to give our artists the opportunity to stay here on the Gold Coast and I think this project will bring that a step closer,” said Mayor Tate.