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Design announced for Sound Shell in Victory Park
The Sound Shell Working Group has announced the chosen design in Victory Park
By Latrobe City Council - 5th February 2002 - Back to News
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The design for Traralgon’s Victory Park Sound Shell has been selected with the Sound Shell Working Group announcing the chosen design in Victory Park on Friday.
Member of the Working Group and Traralgon Lions Club member, Allan Vickery said the Sound Shell will be constructed of steel on steel tensioned stays.
"This method was selected for its durability and ease of maintenance. It is also a practical and workable design with its acoustics proven through computer modelling," Mr Vickery said.
"The shell will include theatrical lighting and sound facilities creating a first-class facility for concerts, movies in the Park, light opera functions and school and community events. It will also completely revitalise Traralgon’s Music in the Park," Mr Vickery said.
"The design is intended to best project the sound to an audience and is designed to have minimum impact on the Traralgon Creek Floodplain and will generally withstand flooding damage."
Mr Vickery said the Working Group had examined a number of potential sites and orientations but felt that the siting and chosen design was the best option.
"There were some concerns with sunlight obscuring vision in the late afternoon because of the positioning of the structure, but we will overcome this by planting some new trees to assist with shade which will limit sun light to the stage."
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins welcomed the design announcement.
"The stage area will be slightly greater than 200 square meters, being 20 meters across the front and 15 meters deep. This will be big enough to cater for a 70 piece touring orchestra, which provides tremendous scope for attracting quality performances to be enjoyed by Latrobe citizens," Cr Jenkins said.
"The need for a sound shell in Traralgon has been acknowledged for many years and the concept has now reached the stage where the sound shell will be part of Victory Park’s environment by Spring 2002."
"The Lions Club has already made a financial contribution to this project, and Latrobe City Council has also made a generous grant. In particular we also acknowledge the State Government’s contribution through the Latrobe Valley Taskforce, which has given the project a much needed boost," Cr Jenkins added.
Mr Vickery said the Working Group had been especially pleased with the public input from the consultation process with the community, and in particular through the Youth Leadership Program. "Traralgon’s Sound Shell will be a result of listening to the needs of community user groups and we will be delivering a facility that reflects those needs," Mr Vickery added.
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