Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Regional venues ready for more performing arts

    26/02/2016 9:00 AM
    • Seven regional arts venues to receive share of $940,000 to upgrade facilities
    • Improvements to support more performing arts activity in the regions
    • Next round of Regional Venues Improvement Fund (RVIF) opens in March 2016
    • Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program 

    Performing arts venues in Geraldton, Bunbury, Mandurah, Albany, Merredin, Narrogin and Port Hedland will share in more than $940,000 to upgrade equipment, improving access to the arts for local communities.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said projects included upgrading stage lighting, introducing digital cinema projection, providing new audio systems, and installing new digital signage and stage monitoring systems.


    "These projects will ensure the seven venues are equipped to accommodate and support regional performing arts groups as well as enable more performing arts groups to tour the regions," Mr Day said. 


    "For example, the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre will receive nearly $250,000 to upgrade digital cinema projection, and audio and lighting systems, enabling the centre to continue to attract the best shows to Bunbury.


    "More than $265,000 will enable the Matt Dann Theatre in Port Hedland to present a broader range of performances more frequently." 


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said creating opportunities for culture and the arts would support economic development and build vibrant communities in regional WA.


    "This investment ensures regional arts organisations, artists and arts workers have the necessary support to deliver a variety of experiences to our regional communities," he said.


    "Royalties for Regions is investing in strategic initiatives to build the social sustainability in the State's regional areas. The second round of grants open in March and focus on improving the functionality of regional performing arts venues and upgrading technical equipment."


    Grants through RVIF were awarded through a panel comprising Country Arts WA, CircuitWest, the departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, and the WA Local Government Association.


    Fact File

    • The $24 million Creative Regions program consists of five schemes to upgrade venues; increase the skills of local arts groups; expand funding to regionally based artists and organisations; boost touring shows; and help Aboriginal art centres
    • The program is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
    • For more information, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au or Bigger Picture - Regions 

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


    Round One Grants

    • Albany Entertainment Centre ($24,638) - new lighting and sound system 
    • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre ($249,858) - a digital cinema projection system, digital signage and stage monitoring system, and audio and lighting systems
    • Cummins Theatre, Merredin ($29,867) - audio and lighting consoles, back of house communication system, and new light and microphone stock.
    • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Inc. ($250,000) - theatre lighting, wireless microphone, audio visual system, sound system and installation of digital signage
    • Matt Dann Theatre, Port Hedland ($265,782) - installation of hearing induction loop and new LED signage, replacement of public address system, upgrade of lighting fixtures and dimmer system and a new projector
    • Narrogin Town Hall ($19,665) - installation of sound curtains to improve acoustics   
    • Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton ($102,221) - audio mixing console, digital signage, cinema digital projector, lighting and wireless communications.