Ararat Arts Precinct To Be Transformed Into Major Cultural Centre

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today announced that the Andrews Labor Government will provide $3.7 million to fund the redevelopment of the Ararat Arts Centre Precinct, delivering on a key election commitment.

Touring the Ararat Town Hall today, Ms Pulford said the redevelopment would create five full-time, ongoing jobs and support up to 19 jobs during the construction phase.

It will include works at both the Ararat Regional Art Gallery and the Ararat Performing Arts Centre, transforming the existing precinct into a modern focal point for the region’s art activities and exhibitions.

Works will include refurbishing the existing gallery and multipurpose spaces and creating a new exhibition space and entrance. This will increase its capacity to rotate exhibitions, display the Gallery’s permanent textile collection and host more travelling performances.

There will also be upgrades to make the entire precinct all abilities accessible, a new café, bar, box office and foyer area, new toilets, co-location of all office space and new storage facilities. Repairs will be made to the garden, car parks and driveways.

The redevelopment will attract art-lovers from across the state, creating a cultural drawcard for the region that will drive economic growth and tourism.

It will also cut operational costs at the same time as reducing the environmental footprint of the precinct.

The project has a total value of $5.29 million and is being funded in partnership with Ararat Rural City Council.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford

“We’re getting on with this redevelopment – which will create a major centre for the region’s art activities and a cultural draw-card for Western Victoria.

“This project will bring jobs, growth and investment to the region, attracting people from around the country to come and visit Ararat.”

“The extensive works to the Ararat Arts Precinct will reduce its environmental footprint, decrease costs and secure its future.”

9 April 2015

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