The existing Haven Amphitheatre stage was built in 1976 and substantially rebuilt in the early 1990s. It had reached the end of its design life and was closed by Willoughby City Council in early 2014 due to concerns with its safety.
In 2011 local eminent architect James Fitzpatrick and the Haven Amphitheatre Committee (HAC) commenced a process to examine the existing Haven stage with a view to refurbishment. The resulting architectural and engineering report stated that, although the stage could possibly be repaired, it was nearing the end of its life and a total replacement was the most realistic and cost effective option.
After extensive community consultation, all interested community groups supported a design option presented by Willoughby City Council. In December 2016, Council approved a deferred commencement Development Application.
In February 2017, Haven Promotions Incorporated (HPI) launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuild The Haven stage. HPI produced Chloe Charody's circus opera, The Carnival, at The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood. Over $58,000 was raised. Enormous public awareness and support was generated by this spectacular show which ran for 3 shows over two days with capacity audiences in excess of 1200.
Council approved an allocation of $544,000 for the Haven Amphitheatre Stage Renewal in its 2017/2018 Budget. This is half the estimated cost. The difference needs to be funded by the community and possible grants.
The Budget also proposes a Contingency of $300,000. The deferred Development Application is due to be presented to Council by the end of 2017.
Haven Promotions Incorporated (HPI) received deductible gift recipient (DGR) status in late October 2017. All donations over $2 made to HPI to support rebuilding the stage are now fully tax deductible. HPI will present another all star fundraising Leonard Cohen tribute concert at The Concourse on 24 March 2018 featuring Canadian cabaret sensation Patricia O'Callaghan.
Rebuild the stage NOW.