Cedar Mill Group’s vision for new performance shells in Sydney

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Artist impression of a Cedar Mill Group performance shell at The Domain, Sydney.

Cedar Mill Group has put forward a proposal for the creation of three permanent performance shells across Sydney at The Domain in Sydney’s CBD, The Crescent in Parramatta Park, and Thompsons Creek Regional Parkland in Bradfield.

With the support of Business Sydney and Business Western Sydney, the business case maps out Sydney’s need for permanent entertainment offerings that can host a wide range of performing arts, festivals, major concerts, movie screenings and community events.

The proposed shells can fill a venues void between theatres and their capacity for up to 2,000 people, and arenas that can hold more than 20,000.

“The Greater Entertainment for Greater Sydney report demonstrates that Sydney cannot reach its growth potential while its cultural and entertainment offerings fall massively short of cities such as Melbourne, the defacto cultural capital of Australia,” said Paul Lambess, Cedar Mill Group managing director.

“Greater Sydney lacks a permanent home for cultural, entertainment and community-based outdoor events, discouraging performances from coming here which, in turn, reduces tourist activity and ultimately disadvantages its economy and residents.

“Permanent performance shells are the missing piece in Sydney’s cultural infrastructure. They can be destinations in themselves. They minimise expensive set-up costs, disruption to public spaces and the environmental impact from installation of temporary infrastructure.”

David Borger, executive director of Business Western Sydney, said access to culture and entertainment in Sydney has been uneven for too long.

“The best venues are in the CBD, harbour and inner-city,” he said. “Evenly distributing the construction of performance shells across Greater Sydney will give residents of Western Sydney much better access to performances and events.

Paul Nicolaou, executive director of Business Sydney, said Sydney is going through unprecedented growth.

“While Sydney has outstanding sporting and business offerings, its culture, entertainment sector and night-time economy has struggled for years and will hold back its projected growth,” he said.

“Permanent performance shells will create an entertainment renaissance in Sydney.”