West Gippsland Arts Centre To Be Redeveloped

West Gippsland Arts Centre To Be Redeveloped

Victoria Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

West Gippsland Arts Centre Redevelopment On Track

Victor P Taffa

Construction is well underway on the West Gippsland Arts Centre (WGAC), which will cement Warragul’s place as the performing arts hub of West Gippsland.

“This marks another important milestone in making Warragul the performing arts hub of West Gippsland and that’s great news for local talent and visitors alike.” Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.

“Our $4 Million investment in the project will ensure that West Gippsland Arts Centre continues to serve the local community, while also stimulating tourism and creating local jobs.”

 

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford toured the construction of the new Centre today with representatives from Baw Baw Shire Council.

Landmark project is supporting 60 local jobs and is backed by a $4 Million investment from the Andrews Government.

$13.4 Million project will expand the WGAC’s audience capacity from 480 to 750 seats and deliver a number of upgrades to the theatre, foyer and backstage areas.

Significantly expanded auditorium will open up new opportunities for the region to attract large-scale performances and productions, bringing even more tourists to West Gippsland.

Builders have already completed demolition work and begun construction on the auditorium and orchestra pit. Once complete, WGAC will employ an additional three full time staff and a number of new casual staff.

Landmark project will also create a number of new spaces within WGAC suitable for private and civic functions, meaning it can operate as a premium conference centre in Warragul.

“West Gippsland Arts Centre reflects the importance of our regional creative industries and helps ensure that all Victorians have access to quality cultural experiences.” Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.

It will also provide a space for a new independently-operated Visitor Information Centre and outward facing café.

Main entry point will be relocated to be closer to the adjacent Civic Park, which will create better connections between the two public spaces.

“It’s fantastic that community enthusiasm continues to build in Warragul as the next chapter in creating this stunning new performance and exhibition venue finally gets underway.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

Andrews Government is supporting the redevelopment through its $500 Million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which is making regional Victoria a better place to live, work and does business.