C-Square is a historically significant precinct, not only within Nambour, but within the greater Sunshine Coast region.
The area occupied today by C-Square was previously known as Station Square, and was a popular meeting place with a long and important history.
History of the site
1929 - The Nambour Town Hall complex was damaged by fire. The fire started in the picture theatre in the Town Hall during an evening show. It swept through the Hall, destroying the theatre and Maroochy Council Chambers, the Bank of New South Wales, three business premises, and the Town Library.
1960 - The new Civic Hall, auditorium and reception room were officially opened on 6 August by the then Governor of Queensland, Sir Henry Abel Smith. The hall provided a venue for numerous theatrical and musical performances, meetings, dances and other social events.
1986 - Fire again devastated the Maroochy Shire Hall and demolition was required.
1991 - The site was redeveloped by Seymour Developments and the Maroochy Shire Council. Architect James Birrell designed the precinct, which was named Centenary Square. Centenary Square was comprised of forty-eight specialty shops over two levels, a three-storey office block, and the Civic Centre.
2008 - The Maroochy Council and a private investor swapped buildings, with the private investor taking ownership of Centenary Square. The swap included agreement for Council to lease back the Nambour Civic Centre for a ten-year period.
2009 – The private investor sold the complex the following year to the current owners, and Council’s lease on the Civic Centre was maintained. The Square has since been occupied mainly by government offices, and health and employment service providers.
2014 – Work on planning the revitalisation of the complex began, and a place-making strategy was undertaken.
2014 - A new lift to provide access to the Civic Centre for the mobility impaired was installed as a joint project between the Sunshine Coast Council and Centenary Square owners.
2014 - The opening of the Bison Bar, an Art-Deco-inspired cocktail bar – an important first step in the revitalisation of the precinct.
2015 - The complex was officially renamed C-Square on 3 July, being the 25th anniversary of the current building’s opening in 1990. The name C-Square references the history of the precinct, but combines it with a vision for the future as a new place for the community to enjoy.
In November, the Civic Centre became the new home of Majestic Cinemas in Nambour. They held a gala opening with a first release showing of James Bond – Spectre. The Sunshine Coast Council relinquished the Civic Centre lease in December after 25 years of providing arts and entertainment to the community. Both C-Square and Majestic Cinemas will be working hard to make 2016 a great year for entertainment for Nambour and the hinterland and will continue to build on the Civic Centre’s legacy while offering new and different options.
C-Square will be a lively, vibrant, and thriving CBD destination combining a professional commercial centre and busy retail centre by day, and an exciting entertainment precinct by night, reflecting the unique character of Nambour and taking full advantage of the sub-tropical ambience of the Sunshine Coast.
**We gratefully acknowledge the Sunshine Coast Heritage Library as the source for the historical information contained here.