Ryde Central Cultural & Community Hub Financial Model

Cultural Infrastructure Financial Modelling

The Financial Model for the Ryde Central Cultural & Community Hub was developed to assist the City of Ryde Council to further understand the financial and operational implications of building and operating the hub.

The development of data for the Cultural & Community Hub Financial Model was undertaken between February and March 2019. Revenue and expenditure values were attained through a range of different sources to be able to compare with existing venues delivering similar services and functions.

The financial model was constructed from information from a variety of sources including:

  • Analysis of information regarding the City of Ryde demographics;
  • Analysis of hiring data from the Civic Centre;
  • Discussions with local organisations that hire theatres outside of the Ryde area;
  • Discussions with key representatives of the subsidised arts community;
  • Discussions with representatives of the Venue Management industry;
  • Discussions with commercial theatre/music/comedy promoters; and
  • Discussions with other industry professionals.

The Financial Model was prepared for the proposed first full calendar year of operations, 2022, and subsequently a 20-year model was developed with varied growth rates depending on which construction option Council decided to move forward with. For ease of comparison, it was assumed that the facility was in full operational mode over this period.