REAP the re­wards

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor. Peter Long

I get a lot of com­ments about how amaz­ing our new Red Earth Arts Precinct looks as con­struc­tion pow­ers along.

This is pleas­ing be­cause the coun­cil worked hard over many years to make this build­ing some­thing spe­cial.

We hope to be able to open it in May next year.

The REAP has a 400-seat the­atre, two large re­hearsal rooms and all nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties.

The the­atre is also de­signed to be used as a cin­ema.

The build­ing will also con­tain our large new li­brary, our lo­cal his­tory col­lec­tion, a sep­a­rate rooftop cin­ema and func­tion space, and the foyer walls will fea­ture the win­ners of the Cos­sack Art Award.

We are very ex­cited to have se­cured the an­nual Per­form­ing Arts Con­nec­tions Con­fer­ence for the REAP next year.

PAC is the na­tional peak body rep­re­sent­ing and sup­port­ing per­form­ing arts pre­sen­ters.

PAC Aus­tralia mem­bers present more than 50,000 events an­nu­ally in an in­dus­try val­ued at $1.1 bil­lion.

We are now part of this in­dus­try.

The con­fer­ence it­self will bring half a mil­lion dol­lars into our town and we will com­ple­ment the event with a range of tours around our amaz­ing coun­try.

The arts are not only good for our own well­be­ing, they have a very pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact as well.

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