The future management of the iconic World Theatre in Charters Towers will be decided through a two-stage process that has been initiated by Charters Towers Regional Council.
Council, owners of the World Theatre complex, has engaged the services of Local Buy Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Local Government Association of Queensland, to manage the process.
Local Buy will undertake the two-stage process involving an initial Expression of Interest (EOI) stage and subsequent Request for Tender process to identify an appropriate management model for the operation of the World Theatre cinema and non-cinema operations.
Council CEO Mark Crawley said the EOI and Request for Tender process, managed by Local Buy, was the wisest path.
“Engaging Local Buy, who are highly experienced, allows Council to be at arm’s length during this process,” Mr Crawley said.
“Inviting Expressions of Interest for the management of the World Theatre is considered to be in the best interest of the public,” Mr Crawley said.
“This process will give an understanding from interested parties as to proposed business models.”
Last year, Council commissioned Queensland Treasury Corporation to undertake a full cost pricing model for the operation of the World Theatre Cinema. This followed a recommendation made by the Queensland Competition Authority.
The EOI was advertised in Charters Towers and Townsville newspapers last month. Interested parties are invited to visit www.lgtenderbox.com.au to access the link to register and address the questions concerning management of cinema and non-cinema functions of the World Theatre and to then submit an EOI.
The EOI requires interested parties to address questions relating to the following: experience, management, capacity, terms, local knowledge, reporting and innovation.
The EOI will close on 17 February 2015 and the highest ranked shortlisted suppliers from the EOI phase will be invited to respond to the second stage of Request for Tender.
The entire process is expected to take three-four months.
While this process is taking place, Council has entered into an arrangement with current managers of the World Theatre, Entertainment Services Project Management, to continue in that role.
Mr Crawley said residents can be certain that the World Theatre will stay open and continue to operate.
“Entertainment Services has indicated their willingness to continue to provide management services that will allow the World Theatre to continue to operate just as patrons would expect,” he said.
“There has been some doubt cast on the future of the World Theatre but this has not come from Council, but from sections of the media and in social media comments.”