Feb 17, 2010

The show goes on at the Nautilus Theatre

The show goes on at the Nautilus Theatre

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 17 2010

The arts community of Port Lincoln in South Australia will tonight celebrate the completion of the upgraded Nautilus Theatre, at the opening of a local show.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said that the Rudd Labor Government provided over $188,000 to the City of Port Lincoln for the Theatre Upgrade from the $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is a key part of the Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term,” Mr Albanese said.

The Theatre has received a face-lift with the installation of new sound equipment, a lift, air-conditioning and new carpet. The 260-seat balcony area has also been completely refurbished.

“The Nautilus Theatre plays host for up to 30 performances a year, attracting around 25,000 attendees. So, these upgrades will be greatly appreciated by the local community,” Mr Albanese said.

“In partnership with every council in the country we are delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects like the Nautilus Theatre Upgrade, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the City of Port Lincoln set to receive at least another $74,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure.

“I congratulate the City of Port Lincoln and the local community for helping deliver this vital upgrade and helping to build a stronger region for the future.”