New face and looking to the future at Cowra Civic Centre

Manager of the Cowra Civic Centre, Jonathan Llewellyn is encouraging residents to have their say on the future of the centre.

Manager of the Cowra Civic Centre, Jonathan Llewellyn is encouraging residents to have their say on the future of the centre.

Cowra Civic Centre celebrated 50 years in December last year and Cowra Shire Council is using the significant milestone to examine possible future ideas for the venue.

The community are being encouraged to have input into the future directions of the Cowra Civic Centre through an online survey.

The survey researches the communities' thoughts about the type of uses the centre might have, interests in the performing arts, physical improvements needed, accessibility and philanthropy.

"I urge all members of the community to have their say; we want to know your thoughts about this important council asset," said Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West.

Council has recently appointed Jonathan Llewellyn as the new manager of the Cowra Civic Centre.

An arts administrator with 20 years experience, he has been charged with the purpose of creating a future plan for the Civic Centre and rolling it out.

"It seems very fitting to stop, reassess and examine its future," he said.

"One that will excite and engage with the community that lives here but also with the visitors that come through town, as well as bring people to town.

"I'm keen to find out how the centre might transform to be an essential part in the creative and cultural life of the community."

Mr Llewellyn said he's looking forward to the survey responses and hearing the community's ideas for the centre.

"Change is afoot and people shouldn't be scared of it. It needs to happen to improve the facility," he said.

"With the survey there's an opportunity for people to say they are interested in volunteering in some capacity, to put their hands up to be part of reference group so that decisions I make are not in isolation.

"I'm looking for fresh ideas, youth input and Aboriginal input because I want this place to be somewhere that is top of mind for them to engage and hangout at," he said.

Community members can visit cowraciviccentre.mailchimpsites.com to find out more about Cowra Civic Centre and complete the online survey.