Wide sup­port for re­de­vel­op­ment

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment -

Ararat mayor Gwenda All­good has praised a com­mu­nity ef­fort in help­ing to fi­nance an Ararat Arts Precinct re­de­vel­op­ment.

Cr All­good said fundrais­ing had ‘well and truly’ ex­ceeded ini­tial ex­pec­ta­tions of a $100,000 tar­get, with dona­tions to date climb­ing to $234,000.

“The gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion and long-term in­vest­ment in the Ararat arts scene by donors will help en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered at our fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

Cr All­good said signs and hon­our boards at the venue would ac­knowl­edge ma­jor com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tors.

She said she was keen to make spe­cial men­tion of the three ‘Life Pa­tron’ donors.

“The Peggy and Les­lie Cran­bourne Foun­da­tion has en­abled the es­tab­lish­ment of new gallery col­lec­tion ar­eas and the up­grade of the art and craft work­shop,” she said.

“Thank you to Rev­erend Ian Ge­orge and the trus­tees for their en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port.

“Thank you also to Rowly and Judy Pater­son for their do­na­tion to the pro­ject and the sup­port pro­vided by their busi­ness, the ACE Ra­dio Broad­cast­ers, as the town hall and art gallery’s prin­ci­pal me­dia part­ner.

“And last but not least, the Ararat Eisteddfod Com­mit­tee. Its gen­er­ous do­na­tion helped to up­grade the town hall’s kitchen.”

Other pro­ject donors in­cluded – Prin­ci­pal Pa­trons: Andrew and Sue Cun­ning­ham. Pa­trons: Ararat Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Cor and Jill Leng­haus, Merle Hath­way and Mur­ray Tay­lor, Neil Man­ning, Julie-ann Mcewan, Ca­role and Greg Mules, Louise Sta­ley. Cham­pi­ons: Nanette Bourke, Peta Cald­well, An­thony Camm, El­iz­a­beth Crau­ford, Janet De Boer, Janette Lu­cas and Ge­off Todd, Joyce Mathe­son, Moys­ton Arts Inc, Stan Kelly Art Group, He­len Vin­cent, The Vin­ni­combe Fam­ily.

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