Local company set to renovate iconic culture centre in Katherine

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The transformation of Katherine’s Godinymayin and Yijard Rivers Art and Culture Centre (GYRACC) into a landmark facility has achieved another milestone, with the construction contract awarded to a well-known local building company.

Katherine Constructions has been awarded $6.7 million to bring an innovative design by Troppo Architects to life.

Upgrades at GYRACC will improve visitor engagement, operational efficiency and functionality; and support the Centre to develop new arts and cultural experiences for locals and visitors.

The design features an expanded amphitheatre for outdoor performances, as well as upgrades to improve the functionality of the centre for arts and cultural events.

The project, which is progressing in consultation with the GYRACC board and local stakeholders, is part of the Territory Government’s $30 million Arts Trail Gallery Extension Program.

As part of this program, Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft gallery also in Katherine, was officially opened in May following renovations.

Arts and cultural centres in Tennant Creek and Arnhem Land are set to benefit from works that will help to position the Northern Territory as a global tourism destination for Aboriginal arts and culture.

GYRACC is expected to be completed by July 2023.

 Katherine’s Godinymayin and Yijard Rivers Art and Culture Centre

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