A Tender Evaluation Panel comprising Council and SAM staff and Regional Development Victoria considered all applications. Simon McArthur and Associates are specialists in the cultural, indigenous and tourism development sectors and the feasibility study will be led by Principal Simon McArthur.
The Study is being undertaken to determine and assess the options for a possible future new facility for SAM and provide recommendations for the delivery of the preferred option. The purpose of the Study is to identify the available options for SAM to grow its program, collections, impact in the region and in the sphere of visual arts in Australia.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community, Kaye Thomson says the Study “will identify and assess options for the growth of SAM, including the viability of a new Museum and provide recommendations to address the current constraints and limitations.”
“The business planning components of the overall study will provide advice about the substance, governance and form of a possible new SAM and its intended and potential impact in the region.”
The Study will provide a clear picture about the ability of a new SAM to propel forward arts led economic and social growth for the region, through the creation of a major cultural and educational tourist attraction which will drive visitation and dramatically improve perceptions of Greater Shepparton as a place to visit, live and invest.
“We expect the Feasibility Study will be completed within the next few months,” said Ms Thomson. “Once we have all the options Council will be able to make an informed decision about the direction for a possible new SAM.”