Wide support for 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.