Tourism and Regional marketing councillor Stuart Taylor says the cultural centre's new innovative Discovery Sphere would be a main attraction for visitors and locals.
Tourism and Regional marketing councillor Stuart Taylor says the cultural centre's new innovative Discovery Sphere would be a main attraction for visitors and locals. Robyne Cuerel

Council pulls back curtains on $10.5 million in attractions

GATES to three of the Fraser Coast's key tourism assets will start to open on Thursday in a celebration of $10.5 million dollars in spending.

The three-day carnival begins on Thursday night with the grand opening of the much-anticipated $4 million Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, housing the Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery and the Discovery Sphere.

The VIP party will include senators, councillors and leaders from across the region - and whispers are that a journey through the facility will leave lasting memories for all who make it.

On Friday night, the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery will host its own party, inviting people inside its new walls for the first time in a party promising perhaps even more sparkle.

Curators have spoken glowingly about having a purpose-built venue for years and have two impressive exhibitions planned to entertain audiences.

Finally on Saturday, the $6.5 million Maryborough Aquatic Centre will be unveiled.

Councillors are encouraging people to the pool-playground with free entry from 8am to 6pm.

Tourism and Regional marketing Cr Stuart Taylor said the cultural centre's new innovative Discovery Sphere would be a main attraction for visitors and locals.

"It will provide a new and informative starting point for discovery and exploration of the brilliant natural wonders of the Fraser Coast and the Great Sandy Biosphere," Cr Taylor said.

The Fraser Coast Cultural Centre including the gallery and Discovery Sphere will be gold coin entry for two days when it's opened to the public on Saturday.