Arts precinct fund­ing fi­nalised

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The fi­nal piece of the fund­ing puz­zle for the $55m Kar­ratha Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct has been for­malised with con­struc­tion slated to start in the sec­ond half of 2016.

With in­dus­try, Lot­tery­west and Fed­eral Govern­ment fund­ing al­ready se­cured, the $14m Roy­al­ties for Re­gions com­mit­ment was the fi­nal and largest grant among the $29.5m in ex­ter­nal fund­ing to be ap­proved.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said arts and cul­ture was the heart­beat of com­mu­ni­ties and needed to be sup­ported.

“Hav­ing a 450-seat fa­cil­ity to be able to cater for theatre, live shows and the like is re­ally im­por­tant and adds the fi­nal piece of a jig­saw for build­ing a com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Here we are right now look­ing at a com­edy fes­ti­val from Mel­bourne com­ing into what is es­sen­tially a bas­ket­ball court.

“That doesn’t cut it in a mod­ern city — get­ting a fa­cil­ity to cater for that is re­ally im­por­tant.”

Mr Red­man said lo­cal in­dige­nous cul­ture and larger shows, which may oth­er­wise over­look re­gional WA, would be well sup­ported by the new fa­cil­ity.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the precinct would be “trans­for­ma­tional” for arts and cul­ture in the North West.

“We are very ex­cited to be able to pro­vide a home for arts and cul­ture right in the heart of the Pil­bara,” he said.

“This fa­cil­ity will be trans­for­ma­tional for the City, pro­vid­ing a per­ma­nent home for fan­tas­tic events like the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val Roadshow and an op­por­tu­nity for ex­pan­sion of the arts and cul­ture ser­vices cur­rently avail­able in the re­gion.”

Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Tr­ish Bar­ron said the fa­cil­ity would con­trib­ute to the economy and im­prove live­abil­ity.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Terry Red­man, cen­tre, with co­me­di­ans and stake­hold­ers in the Kar­ratha Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct.

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