WA regional venues to receive upgrades
Last week, the Liberal National Government announced a number of regional Western Australian performing arts venues would receive upgrades as part of a four-year $24 million Creative Regions program, made possible by Royalties for Regions.
According to a media release by the WA government, $2.09 million in grants through Round Two of the Regional Venues Improvement Fund (RVIF) will upgrade 13 performing arts venues in regional Western Australia.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman says the $24 million program is one of the largest investments in regional culture and arts made by any government in Australia.
“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,” he said in the statement.
“Included in this round is a $500,000 grant for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to refurbish and extend the Margaret River Cultural Centre, while the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre will receive $212,178 to for technical upgrades to the front of house and back of house in the Boardwalk and Fishtrap theatres.”
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day emphasised the importance of making sure regional performing arts centres were well equipped to host all manner of performers, enabling more artists to tour the regions.
“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,” he said.
“The second round of the RVIF had a strong response with applications from across WA, highlighting the important role cultural centres play in regional communities.”
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