John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Lights, Cameras, Action - Goldfields Arts Centre's upgrade under way!

    3/06/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government will spend $550,000 upgrading the Goldfields Arts Centre.

    The Minister for Goldfields-Esperance, John Bowler, took to the stage today with Goldfields Arts Centre manager Nerida Glanfield to inspect what the funding would do in terms of refurbishments.

    The funding is a result of the State Government’s election commitment under the ‘Building a better future for the Goldfields’ policy and came as a result of the close working relationship between the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and the Goldfields Arts Centre in putting together a case for the refurbishment of the centre.

    “The State Government is committed to improving the lifestyle and general experience of being in the region,” Mr Bowler said.

    “People need to have access to a range of services and facilities.”

    The Goldfields Arts Centre is the only multi-functional arts venue in the Goldfields region and one of only three A Class Art Galleries in regional Western Australia.

    The Goldfields Arts Centre was opened in November 1993 and has become a part of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s landscape and lifestyle. The State Government contributed $9.3million to the building as a gift to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in its Centennial year.

    “Arts and cultural activities contribute to creating community well-being - they draw people together to build the social capital and preserve and enhance the community’s identity and cultural understanding,” the Minister said.

    “Goldfields residents need to have access to a well-maintained centre, as it is an integral part of engagement in these activities.”

    “Once again it is an example of the Gallop Government improving the quality of services and facilities for all Western Australians, wherever they live.”

    The funding will be utilised to carry out much needed work at the centre, including an upgrade of the air-conditioning, lighting and sound systems and general building maintenance.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500