FOUR Winds Festival organisers are certain the new music pavilion will astound visitors to the 2014 event.
Project manager Bill Calidicott said the Windsong Pavilion, as it has been dubbed, is 70 per cent complete and will be a perfect inclusion in “Nature’s Concert Hall”.
“The capability of the pavilion – there’s nothing like it around here,” Mr Caldicott said.
He said a $250,000 grant from the State Government via ArtsNSW went into providing “world-class” sound and lighting facilities within a music hall that will allow for year-round use.
Four Winds, Four Seasons has been the catchcry of the festival committee since the pavilion project was raised earlier this year (BDN, 23/4).
That capability looks to become a reality sooner than expected with Mr Caldicott saying the building should be complete by November.
Then comes landscaping and other incidental work, ready for its grand entrance at the Four Winds Festival next Easter.
“It’s getting very exciting,” Mr Caldicott said.
Mr Caldicott expressed particular gratitude to his fellow project manager Bill Southwood, a retired engineer who is conducting all his work pro bono.
“Bill is extremely experienced in project management and we are very grateful and lucky to have his expertise on site,” Mr Caldicott said.
“It’s effectively two to three years of his life he has put into this building.”
The construction is an impressive sight with its “exoskeleton of huge yellow stringy back poles”.
Mr Caldicott said the timber poles were sourced from the Cobargo area and weigh up to 3.5 tonnes each.
The building sitting within that “exoskeleton” is clad with silver top ash, with both the cladding and poles left untreated to naturally weather and blend in with the picturesque surroundings at the Barragga Bay site.
The pavilion comprises a 160-seat performance space, the Four Winds office, a commercial kitchen, a changing room for the artists, a tech room and a toilet block with disabled access.
According to a newsletter item sent out to Four Winds supporters, the floor of the performance space, the walls and the acoustic panels will also be yellow stringy bark, treated a light honey colour.
An induction loop will be imbedded in the floor to enhance the listening experience for those in the audience with hearing aids.
Decking surrounds the building on three sides, which means that, in good weather, the double-glazed glass bi-fold doors can be opened up completely allowing for the audience to spill outside.
Four Winds board member Sian Morgan Hall said there was an air of excitement about the building as people begin to imagine the many ways it can be used in the future.
“Part of the excitement stems from the fact that, with the community’s help, we are able to open the pavilion completely debt free, all the costs of building and equipping the pavilion have already been met, down to the last teaspoon in the catering kitchen!”