Councillor hopes to bring more performances to Camden Civic Centre

Councillor Paul Farrow has long campaigned for an upgrade of the Camden Civic Centre. Picture: Simon Bennett
Councillor Paul Farrow has long campaigned for an upgrade of the Camden Civic Centre. Picture: Simon Bennett

Camden councillor Paul Farrow wants to give the region's performing arts community 'a seat at the table'.

Cr Farrow raised a notice of motion at Tuesday's council meeting calling for a performing arts forum to build communication between the council and the wider arts community.

"We hold similar forums with other groups in the community and I think the performing arts community is in desperate need of a seat at the table," he said.

"It was my pleasure to be in the audience for the first musical production to come to the Civic Centre, however we also got to see some of the issues they faced.

"I think we need to hear from people (in the performing arts community) about what their needs are and work with them to benefit that sector."

The council also awarded a tender to The P.A People Pty Ltd to conduct a $397,815 audio visual upgrade at Camden Civic Centre.

"It's really good to see money being spent on the civic centre," Cr Farrow said.

"This upgrade will go a long way to get (the civic centre) where it needs to be."

Councillor Eva Campbell said she was happy to see the upgrade would be going ahead.

"I am pleased at the extent of this upgrade," she said.

"I am aware that it has been needed for a while.

"I look forward to seeing the next musical in Camden.

Cr Farrow said investment in the Camden Civic Centre through engagement with the performing arts community would have a flow-on effect.

"We could tap into that niche that Camden has and keep businesses propped up," he said.

"The performing arts community has a hand in that.

"We need council to be in touch with the whole community to see what we might be missing as venue and what investment by council might do to fix that.

"We don't have a world-class venue here - people travel to other LGAs like Campbelltown and Penrith.

"So while other areas are benefiting from that, our businesses miss out on the trade.

"It's important that we try to capture that and I look forward to the day I can enjoy dinner and a show in Camden."