Thirteen arts venues in regional Western Australia have received a total of $2.09 million in funding for facilities upgrades. The money represents the second round of the Regional Venues Improvement Fund, through which the Western Australian Government is investing $24 million over four years.
The Margaret River Culture Centre scored the biggest grant, at $500,000. The funding will go towards the creation of a better bar, a more centralised kitchen and a more accessible entrance. The second largest amount, $333,803, went to the Cervantes Community Recreation Centre in the Shire of Dandaragan. The venue will be turned into a performing arts centre, gaining a foyer, gallery, dressing room, renovated toilets and increased capacity.
Meanwhile, the City of Bunbury’s Entertainment Centre received $334,074, to replace the external cladding on its fly tower. Leaking has been causing internal damage and interrupting live shows. In Peel, the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre can look forward to $212, 178 worth of improvements, including lighting and audio-visual upgrades.
The remaining nine recipients are as follows:
- Plantagenet District Hall – $197,358
- Esperance Civic Centre – $138,292
- York Town Hall – $103,170
- Shire of Murray Civic Centre – $90,743
- Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre Amphitheatre, Pilbara – $51,102
- Esperance Theatre Guild – $40,025
- Cummins Theatre, Shire of Merredin – $40,580
- Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation, Pilbara – $27,600
- Albany Entertainment Centre – $23,783
“The fund is one of five schemes under the Creative Regions program, which aims to improve infrastructure and establish opportunities for the development of arts and culture through venue upgrades, developing skills and capacity of local arts groups, increasing the number of touring shows and helping Aboriginal art centres,” said Terry Redman, Regional Development Minister for Western Australia.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said, “The RVIF will help to improve regional arts venues and provides arts organisations and artists with the support to deliver an expanded variety of experiences to their communities … The $2.09 million investment from the State Government has leveraged an additional $2.85 million in local government contributions, enabling upgrades that would otherwise not be possible.”