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Page 58 • MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 QUEENSLAND - TOWNSVILLE Truly alive with creative arts – and with a lot more to come TOWNSVILLE’s evolution as a national – and regional – arts events venue was in evidence recently. Not only was the Strand Ephemera festival drawing widespread interest and public involvement, music enthusiasts from across Australia were also in the city for the Australian Festival of Cham- ber Music. With impeccable timing, a forum was organised to ascertain how Townsville could give more support to the creative arts, including events and also to foster local creativity. Winner of the artistic excellence award at Strand Ephemera 2015, a sculp- ture festival, was local environmental artist Alison McDonald with Shimmer. “Alison McDonald’s work Shimmer is a simple concept that is realised with poetic elegance,” said judge John Walsh, gallery manager of Gold Coast City Gallery since 1996 and previously with the National Gallery of Australia. Shimmer, Alison McDonald Airport assesses development input “It is an intervention on the site that adds a level of engagement and interac- tion that is constantly changing accord- ing to its surroundings. Wind, light and the colours of the landscape all play a part to produce a sculpture that reso- nates. Its subtle song is one that suits its ultimate beauty.” Walsh said the standard was very high at this year’s event. North Queensland’s growing in- volvement in visual and performing arts was seen at a Creative Industries Forum hosted jointly by Townsville City Council, James Cook University and the Queensland State Practitioner Network of Economic Development Australia. Townsville city councillor Tony Parsons said the council had invested in a project to investigate the role of creative industries in Townsville. “Symposia held with local industry representatives have led to some great networking and ideas sharing. As Towns- ville continues to grow, we need to look at opportunities for investment and job creation in the creative industries sector, which continues to boom.” TOWNSVILLE International Airport – hosting a scheduled Bali link from early September – is assessing public submissions on its master devel- opment plan for terminal and apron upgrading. Kevin Gill, the airport’s chief operating officer said this work had become much-needed. “While improvements have been made and facilities maintained, there have been no significant upgrades to the core airport infrastructure since 2003, leaving us behind other regional airports. “Our aim is that in 2015 we will fast track a A$40 million airport rede- velopment that breathes new life into the airport and improves the user experience. “We have a plan to improve the airport, phase one of a program of infrastructure upgrades that we will progress over the next 10 years.” Work will include reconfiguration of the existing international depar- ture lounge to function as a swing international/domestic lounge for the arrivals/departures area, rationalisation of existing under-utilised office space to increase the overall capacity of seating in the arrivals/depar- tures area, upgrade and expansion of the security screening area to reduce congestion, reworking of the existing check-in area to allow ad- ditional kiosks, new retail outlets and extension of the upper concourse to provide two new club lounge facilities and help meet the growing needs of business travellers.