MAJOR RENOVATIONS FOR MURWILLUMBAH AUDITORIUM
Member for Lismore Thomas George, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin have announced the Living Arts for All–Murwillumbah Auditorium project has successfully secured $1.114 million through round two of the NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).
The RCF is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which aims to improve not only the economic outcomes but the standard of living and wellbeing of people who call regional NSW home.
Mr George said the refurbishment of the auditorium will modernise the facility, improving access and making it a more attractive venue for performers.
“Tweed Shire Council will use this funding to replace the building’s roof, upgrade theatre equipment, refurbish the foyer and backstage areas and install accessible toilets for both performers and patrons.
“The auditorium was built more than forty years ago and these upgrades will ensure it remains a key centre for the performing arts at Murwillumbah into the future,” Mr George said.
The Regional Cultural Fund supports projects which will enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of regional communities.
Mr Barilaro said he was pleased to see such an important project funded as part of the arts-specific 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.
“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,” Mr Barilaro said.
Mr Curtin said the upgraded auditorium will complement other local art spaces like the Tweed Regional Gallery and Gallery Down Town.
“Cultural tourism brings thousands of dollars every year into the Tweed’s economy. It’s vital Government support projects like this which not only provide income for local business, but offers an outlet for young people to perform and express themselves,” Mr Curtin said.
PHOTO: Thomas George – Member for Lismore, Austin Curtin – Nationals candidate for Lismore, Tracey Stinson – Acting General Manager Tweed Shire Council announce funding for the Murwillumbah Auditorium alongside representatives from the Murwillumbah Theatre Company.