Achieving a Community Cultural Precinct for Sorell


In October 2020 Sorell Council invited the community to attend a forum to participate in a broad conversation about achieving the vision of a Community Cultural Precinct for Sorell.

79 people attended the forum and 43 written submissions were received after the event detailing thoughts and ideas about the Community Cultural Centre.

Key themes identified:

Incorporation of Inviting Outdoor Spaces

The incorporation of attractive, usable outdoor space is considered to be an essential element for the Precinct in keeping with our surrounding natural environment.

Economic Opportunities

It is vital that we continue to give consideration to the many potential economic opportunities and the financial sustainability of the precinct.

History & Heritage

The precinct development offers us an opportunity to recognise and share our municipalities rich history and heritage.

Architecture & Design

Quality architecture and flexible, functional design is essential to ensure a diverse program can be achieved and utilisation maximised, incorporating a broad range of people and activity.

Connection to the Township

It is important that there is visible connection within and to the township and its surrounds.

An overview of the details surrounding the Community Cultural Precinct:

  • The precinct will be located at 47 Cole Street, Sorell situated next to the Railway Carriage Shed.
  • The Aboriginal community will be recognised and invited to be involved.
  • The precinct will be accessible for all and provide an opportunity for the community to come together and share their interests.
  • Business planning and modelling is required to ensure it is financially sustainable.
  • The precinct will be owned and managed by Council.
  • The current users of the site (Sorell Men’s Shed and Sorell Lions Club) will be relocated.

Council engaged Architect Jonathan Blood from Loci Architecture and Planning and provided him with a project brief. This brief included provision of all information relating to the site dating back to 2013, including the Sorell Streetscape Plan 2014, the Land Assessment Report 2016, the 2018 Business Case and the 2020 Rail Shed Conditions and Conservation Report. The feedback and themes identified from the first meeting were also used to develop the concept plan for the precinct.

Council is committed to restoring the Heritage listed Railway Carriage Shed. We are very pleased to confirm that $450,000 of funding has recently been secured through the Federal Governments Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2, to undertake restoration works on the shed. Works are due to be completed by 31 December 2021.

Another meeting was held on 18 February 2021 to gain feedback on the concept plan. Approximately 35 members of the community attended and provided their thoughts.

You can view a copy of the concept plan here: Icon of Community Cultural Precinct Draft Concept Plans Community Cultural Precinct Draft Concept Plans (4.6 MiB)


The next step in the process includes the development of a consultation plan. This will ensure ongoing communication and engagement with those currently involved and look to build broader community interest, engagement and support for the precinct development.

A Reference Committee will be formed, where more technical and professional discussion can be had in relation to ensuring consideration is given to all aspects of the development, its operation, management and the sustainability of such a precinct into the future. Most importantly the committee will look at identifying and seeking funding opportunities to make the precinct a reality.

It is likely that we will run an Expression of Interest process seeking people to put their hand up to be actively involved and ensure we have diversity within the committee.



To achieve success it is crucially important that our stakeholders stay informed and engaged.  We are in the process of developing a consultation plan which details how we will communicate, engage and build broader community interest and support for the precinct development.

We developed a short survey to help us inform the Consultation Plan. The survey has now closed and the results have provided us with valuable information.

Achieving a Community Cultural Precinct for Sorell Facebook Group

A Facebook group has also been set up as a place to remain informed and involved with this project.

To join the Facebook Group search Facebook for Achieving a Community Cultural Precinct for Sorell or use this link  and request to JOIN the group.

We appreciate everyone’s ongoing contribution in working towards our shared vision of Achieving a Community Cultural Precinct for Sorell.

Communications, 06/01/2021