Arts cen­tre gets $1m prom­ise

South Western Times - - Budget 2017-18 -

THE head of the Stir­ling Street Arts Cen­tre has wel­comed the in­clu­sion of the fa­cil­ity’s re­de­vel­op­ment in Bun­bury’s 2017-18 fi­nan­cials.

The CBD arts fa­cil­ity will re­ceive a re­fur­bish­ment thanks to a $1 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion in Bun­bury City Coun­cil’s 2017-18 Bud­get.

Chair­woman Mar­garet Perkins said the re­de­vel­op­ment would ben­e­fit the en­tire com­mu­nity and was well over­due.

“It will mean we can do more classes and add more va­ri­ety in what we do,” Mrs Perkins said.

“It will also give us more space for more com­mu­nity groups to work along­side the arts cen­tre staff which is part of our long-term vi­sion.”

The re­de­vel­op­ment project will in­clude two new stu­dio spa­ces, a meet­ing room, new toi­lets, of­fice and stor­age ad­min­is­tra­tion space, re­cep­tion and re­tail dis­play space and a new kitchen. The cen­tre is also re­ly­ing on a fur­ther $1 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment.

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch pre­vi­ously said new projects not al­ready in­cluded un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s plans were un­re­al­is­tic in the eco­nomic cli­mate. But he did say he would pro­vide help with grant pro­grams through State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Mrs Perkins said de­spite the fi­nan­cial hur­dles, she was hope­ful the re­de­vel­op­ment would start soon.

“Get­ting fund­ing is our big­gest ob­sta­cle,” she said.

“The end date de­pends en­tirely on fund­ing, but ide­ally the project would be done within five years.”

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