Plans for a new theatre and the Bunbury show are among 18 proposals this year to win Regional Development Scheme funding allocated by the Carpenter Government to the South West Development Commission.
South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today presented the Bunbury Entertainment Centre with a cheque worth $11,000 for a feasibility study looking into creating a ‘small theatre’ suitable for more intimate productions.
“Bunbury has grown enormously since the Entertainment Centre was built in 1991 in terms of population, but also in terms of its sophistication and the broad range of audience interests,” Mr Marlborough said.
“As the focal point for performing arts in the South-West, it is imperative the venue meets the demands for affordable community productions, contemporary and children’s theatre.”
The Bunbury Agricultural Society was also given money from the scheme to assist with the running of the 2006 Bunbury Show.
The show has been a major annual event for more than 50 years, and its return last year to the Bunbury Recreation Ground, fronting the back beach, was a resounding success.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to provide assistance to these valuable community projects,” Mr Marlborough said.
“Embracing cultural diversity and responding to the needs of a rapidly developing region are a reflection of the Carpenter Government’s commitment to the South-West.”
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