Labor commits to complete GPAC
A re-elected State Labor Government would deliver the final stage of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) redevelopment, Premier Daniel Andrews announced today (21 Sept 2018).
Mr Andrews said Labor would provide $128 million towards completing the redevelopment.
He said Labor would "deliver the big projects that will continue to see Geelong grow and that locals deserve in a major city – including a vibrant arts and cultural precinct".
"We said we would transform GPAC into a world-class venue and we are.
"The Labor Government has already funded the first two stages of GPAC’s redevelopment, with work currently underway on the $38.5 million second stage, which includes a new foyer, bar area and four rehearsal studios on the Ryrie Street side.
"There is more to do and only Labor will deliver the third and final stage of GPAC’s redevelopment to give Geelong the arts and cultural facilities that help make a city great."
The redevelopment of GPAC has long been a G21 Priority Project.
It would include a 500-seat drama theatre, new 250 seat courtyard theatre, a new black box theatre, an outdoor atrium, more dining options, an upgraded box office and refurbished back of house and administration facilities.
The $128 million project would cover around two thirds of the site, with most of the work focussing on the Little Malop Street side of the building.
The project would create around 600 construction jobs and more than 300 ongoing local jobs in the tourism and service industries. Work would start in 2020 and be completed by 2023.
Source: A state government media release