The Lake Wanaka Arts and Culture Trust has appointed Horwath HTL as its feasibility consultant to advise on the financial viability of a proposed arts and culture centre.

The trust consulted the community last year before deciding to proceed to the feasibility stage.

If the centre was sustainable that would give the trust confidence to obtain concept drawings, select a site and fundraise, trust chairman Michael Sidey said in a trust newsletter this week.

Mr Sidey said the $140,000 study would consider the possibility of a dedicated theatre or auditorium, full stage with fly tower, fixed tiered seating, and rehearsal rooms.

A dance floor, orchestra pit, acoustics and technical capability would also be investigated.

The building’s primary use would be for theatre and performing arts. Secondary uses included visual art exhibitions, conferences, trade shows and banquets.

Mr Sidey said the trust would form a feasibility club to raise funds to pay for the study.

Trustees have already contributed about $50,000.

“We all know this does not guarantee a building but it is our best effort and insurance to make sure we make the right decision based on all available information for the Wanaka community and Queenstown Lakes region,” Mr Sidey said.

Feasibility recommendations are expected by August.