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Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5
       
     
Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5

The Tanks Arts centre is set in Cairns city’s  38 hectare tropical rainforest, botanical garden and cultural precinct.  The site originally constructed as a crude oil   tank store by the Royal Australian Navy in 1944, where it was carefully camouflaged and  set into the rainforest shroud of Mount Whitfield, to protect the stored oil from WWII attack.

The oil was pumped it in an underground pipe system to Cairns harbour some 8kms away remaining in use to supply the navy until the site was decommissioned in 1987.

The tank’s one metre thick walls were cut to create public access to the extraordinary internal spaces some 30 metres in diameter and over 8 metres high, with lofty oil stained timber columns supporting a timber roof structure over.

The site, surrounded by large concrete walls and mounds, now partially enveloped by the invading rainforest,  forms a unique backdrop to the centre which runs an extensive music/performance, gallery/display and  function/major events programme. With each of the three tanks, known as Tank “5”, “4” and ’‘3’ respectively, generally separately housing these activities.

The entire precinct was placed on the QLD State Heritage Register in 2006.

Of the five original tanks, three large concrete tanks remain and in 1994 Roger Mainwood, Associate at Woodheads at the time, won the  master plan design competition held  by the Council to convert the precinct to a community arts facility..

This master plan set a framework for ongoing site development and which included a  Curators office in Tank 4 and the complete redesign of the Tank 5 Performance space, AV desks, Back of House, Bar '5', ticket desk and installation of desecrete modified climate control system.

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Tanks Amphitheatre.JPG
       
     
concert copy.jpg
       
     
Ozomatli At Tanks ARts Centre.jpg
       
     
9.Tanks 4.JPG
       
     
front of desk 8.jpg
       
     
desk 2.jpg
       
     
detail 1.jpg
       
     
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