$650,000 for Geelong Performing Arts Centre repairs


Critical repairs will be carried out to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) with Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine today (24 January 2012) announcing a $650,000 grant from the Victorian State Government.

Dr Napthine said the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Roof Restoration Project would repair and replace roof coverings, flashings, guttering and downpipes following damage caused by heavy rains last year.

“This work is needed to repair the roof of the centre – which opened in 1981 – and prevent further damage to the existing infrastructure,” Dr Napthine said.

“This is a vital project considering GPAC’s important role in the Geelong Future Cities Project which will see a redevelopment of the city’s cultural precinct.”

The Coalition Government has already committed $15 million towards upgrading the precinct’s Library and Heritage Centre, and the funding announced today for GPAC adds to that.

Dr Napthine said the repairs were critical because the Geelong Performing Arts Centre attracted 200,000 visitors per year.

“The number of visitors to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre is expected to double once the staged Geelong Cultural Precinct redevelopment is completed,” Dr Napthine said.

“Lifestyle factors are now as important as employment prospects in attracting people to regional Victoria, reinforcing the qualities that create diverse, vibrant towns and communities.

“An enhanced cultural precinct will contribute to increased business attraction and investment, resulting in employment growth for the region.

The Geelong Future Cities project will be a key driver to the revitalisation of Central Geelong,” Dr Napthine said.

The $650,000 in funding for repairs was funded through two Coalition Government grants through a $350,000 contribution from Arts Victoria and $300,000 from Regional Development Victoria.