The Burdekin Shire Council takes over the management of the Burdekin Theatre and Memorial Hall from this April 1 making it easier for residents to get tickets to events.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council’s Customer Service Team as well as the Theatre box office would be issuing tickets to Theatre events giving residents more time.
“Council’s office is open from 8am -5pm Monday to Friday so people will have a larger window of time to purchase their tickets to events being held at the Burdekin Theatre,” he said.
“The box office at the Theatre will only be open for ticket sales an hour prior to the performance.
“Residents can also book their tickets online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.burdekintheatre.com.au.”
Cr Lowis said he believed the majority of Burdekin residents were supportive of Council taking over the running of the Theatre and Burdekin Memorial Hall in Home Hill.
“These facilities are owned by our Burdekin residents and I believe we will deliver better value for money for local events than previously,” he said.
“There will be a few changes, but these will mainly be behind the scenes such as finetuning the finance systems and booking procedures.
“There may be a few teething problems to begin with, but that is to be expected as Council’s team learn how to use the ticketing systems.”
Cr Lowis said community bodies using the theatre would be eligible for a cheaper rate than external events.
“History shows us that it is our community events that draw the most people to the venues and that touring events were not as popular,” he said.
“However this does not mean that we will no longer have touring events, but we will aim to bring ones that are more likely to be attended by our residents.”