Member for Lismore, Thomas George and Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin have announced the Sir Henry Parkes Tenterfield School of Arts has successfully secured $72,000 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 refurbishing the School of Arts will allow the heritage listed facility to be utilised all year round.

“Tenterfield Shire Council will use this funding to install air-conditioning in the Banquet Hall and Theatre dressing rooms as well as insulate the ceilings of the Banquet Hall, Parkes Gallery and Cinema.

“By improving the building’s heating and cooling systems the community will have greater use of the facility for functions and exhibitions, especially during winter and summer,” Mr George said.

The Tenterfield School of Arts building was built in 1875 and is known as the site where Sir Henry Parkes delivered the famous Tenterfield Oration, calling for the Federation of the Australian states.

Mr Curtin said the School of Arts building is of national significance and these upgrades will allow more people to experience the town’s important history.

“This project will further drive Tenterfield’s tourism industry, encouraging more visitors to make their way south from Queensland to soak up the region’s heritage and landscapes but more importantly spend money in local businesses.

“Improving the School of Art’s facilities will allow the venue to attract larger performances, adding to the many attractions which already bring tourists to town.

“Currently part of the building is a museum. The upgrades will ensure the protection of both National Trust and local artefacts while allowing the museum to host travelling exhibitions,” Mr Curtin said.

Photo: Austin Curtin, Nationals candidate for Lismore; Terry Dodds, General Manager, Tenterfield Shire Council; Harry Bolton, Senior Economic Development Officer, Tenterfield Shire Council; Thomas George MP

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.