The Multicultural Performing Arts Centre will include a theatre with a capacity for 300 people, rehearsal and studio spaces for community groups aswell as dining and entertainment facilities.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced construction on the Multicultural Performing Arts Centre in Sunnybank is due to commence in 2015 and be completed in 2016.

Cr Quirk said the new centre will benefit Brisbane and South-East Queensland residents and visitors, particularly the multicultural community in Brisbane’s southside.

The MPAC will be constructed at Sunnybank’s DM Henderson Park, following the signing of a Heads of Agreement earlier this month.

“Council is working in partnership with Sunnybank Community Sports Club to develop the combined facility, with each organisation contributing $5 million to the $10 million project,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Multicultural Performing Arts Centre will include a theatre with a capacity for 300 people, rehearsal and studio spaces for community groups, a stand-alone kitchen and canteen as well as dining and entertainment facilities.

“I have invested $3.9 million in 2014-15 for this combined facility which will be delivered in partnership with Sunnybank Community Sports Club and benefit the entire southside community once complete.”

Cr Quirk said planning for the centre was underway and construction is due to be complete in 2016.

“Brisbane is a diverse city and our knowledge of our residents tells us that more than 21 per cent were born overseas,” he said.

“This is why we continue to invest in programs aimed at enhancing the city’s offerings to our multicultural communities.

“In 2014-15 we will invest $721,000 for multicultural and refugee initiatives, $1.8 million to facilitate the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and more than $409,000 for multicultural festivals.”