Friday, 15 June 2018
GOULBURN ARTS PRECINCT KICKS OFF WITH NEW FUNDING
Goulburn is celebrating $5.8 million in funding for a brand new arts and culture precinct.
Part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF), the Goulburn Region Arts Centre ($4.5m) and Creative Precinct ($1.3m) are two of 68 projects funded from 12 regions across NSW.
Local member Pru Goward said the funding will innovate the local arts scene.
With major additions such as the 440-seat auditorium, Ms Goward said, “This funding will transform the historic Old Town Hall into a cutting-edge multipurpose centre for the arts.”
The Creative Precinct project will repurpose the town’s Old Ceramics Room to facilitate greater flexibility and opportunity for performance, collaboration and creative exploration.
“The new facilities will also offer much-needed spaces for rehearsal, performance, collaboration and creative exploration. I can’t wait to see the final result,” said Ms Goward.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said he was pleased to see such a vast array of exciting projects funded as part of round one of the new arts fund.
“Having grown up and raised a family in a regional area, I know our regional towns and cities can have so much to offer in the arts and culture space,” Mr Barilaro said.
“As a government, we have done a great deal of work to improve our economic position and invest heavily in infrastructure, and we want to ensure the benefits of that work extend to all sectors – and that includes supporting our arts practitioners in the regions.
“I congratulate the local community on the successful outcome of their grant application, that will enhance the cultural infrastructure of the entire region,” Mr Barilaro said.
Arts Minister Don Harwin said the fund was established to ensure regional NSW received its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure, no matter where you live.
“Arts and culture is at the heart of every regional community and this first round of funding is evidence that the NSW Government’s commitment to driving growth in arts, screen, culture and heritage in regional NSW is making a difference,” Mr Harwin said.
Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.
Further information about the RCF is available at www.nsw.gov.au/regionalculturalfund or email firstname.lastname@example.org.