Last month, with the Hordern’s lease set to expire in 2021, reports suggested that two local sporting teams were considering the venue as a location for new offices, as part of a redevelopment of Sydney’s Moore Park.
In response, Moore has launched a campaign which claims the Hordern’s future as a music and entertainment space is “under threat”.
The campaign also includes a petition, which calls on the New South Wales Government to “protect the future of music and events at the Hordern Pavilion”.
“The threat to the Hordern Pavilion is really worrying — as one of Sydney’s most prominent medium sized venues, protecting this space for live music is so important for the cultural life of our city,” Moore says.
“At a time where we are reviewing our approach to nightlife in our city, it would be a tragedy if the government again took a sledgehammer to a key venue with their plans to commercialise Moore Park.”
Moore’s campaign launch comes after News Corp Australia reported earlier this week that it understands the NSW Government has come to an agreement with Playbill Venues (which currently holds the lease for the Hordern) to submit a tender to the Centennial and Moore Park Trust for the site’s future.
The new tenants would reportedly run the Hordern and Moore Park’s Royal Hall Of Industries from August 2019 to April 2046, but details of the tender haven’t been released publicly. Music Feeds has contacted Playbill Venues for comment.
Sydney’s Moore Park precinct is reportedly in for a potential redevelopment featuring food outlets, sports facilities, offices and potentially a hotel.
For more information about Clover Moore’s campaign or to sign her petition, head here.