Local performing arts will have a new home thanks to a NSW Government contribution of $165,000 toward the fit-out of a community theatre at Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said a lecture hall will be converted into a dual-purpose facility.
“The original design of the lecture hall in 1993 included theatre facilities, however this was never delivered,” Mr Fraser said.
“This funding will finally see the full project realised, with new technology, seating and air conditioning installed, and an updated foyer.
“Once complete, the 500-seat theatre will cater for a variety of uses including drama, dance, comedy and music performances, as well as eisteddfods and training.
“The project is also being supported by Coffs Harbour City Council and is a key feature of the Council’s Cultural Strategic Plan for the region.”
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.
“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.”
The program was improved in 2017 to give community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects.
New funding ranges have encouraged more diverse projects, with a streamlined application process that cuts red tape and allows for faster assessment.