May 28, 2010

Funding for Warrnambool Community Entertainment Centre

Funding for Warrnambool Community Entertainment Centre

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 28 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide more than $2.1 million for the redevelopment of the Warrnambool Entertainment Centre.

Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry made the announcement in Warrnambool today with Mayor Michael Neoh.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said that this project is worth over $8.7 million in total.

“It is expected to support 46 jobs during construction, as well as another 17 jobs over the longer term, delivering an economic boost for Warrnambool.

“The redevelopment will attract more major performances, increase community access to performing arts and improve the city’s capacity to host conferences and events,” he said.

Mr Marles said, “This is about giving a real boost to Warrnambool and the region, both economically and culturally.

"The redevelopment will deliver a modern entertainment and events precinct to attract visitors, performing arts groups and tourists to the area.

“This project has been a priority for Warrnambool for some time and I am pleased that today’s announcement will help make it a reality,” he said.

The Warrnambool City Council project is expected to include:

  • Refurbishment of the auditorium, common areas and the Black Box Theatre;
  • Improved disability access throughout the centre; and
  • Upgrade of visual and audio technology comprising of front stage, auditorium lighting and the assistive hearing system.

Mr Albanese said that the funding was part of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which was delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects across the nation.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.