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More support for Ararat Arts Precinct project

Ararat Performing Arts Centre concept plan

Ararat Performing Arts Centre concept plan

Ararat Rural City Council has an extra $1.5-million in State Government money for its Ararat Arts Precinct Project.
Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford announced the bonus funding, on top of $5.2-million the government had already invested in the redevelopment.
Ms Pulford joined guests, including Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper, to make the announcement in Ararat as the council confirmed building firm Nicholsons had won the contract to oversee construction of the cultural hub.
She said the $7.73-million project would create 19 construction jobs and five full-time jobs when complete.
The project includes redeveloping Ararat’s historic town hall and precinct, home to Ararat Performing Arts Centre and Ararat Regional Art Gallery.
Ace Radio Broadcasters, including The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM, is also preparing to announce a major contribution to the project as part of a community fund-raising effort.
The project includes developing:
• A new public entrance to Ararat Regional Art Gallery.
• Expanding and enhancing art gallery and performance spaces.
• Upgrading public amenities.
• Upgrading the Ararat Performing Arts Centre foyer and a new box office.
• A new café and bar.
• Landscaping.
All existing areas are subject to refurbishment to make them accessible for people of all abilities.
Work will include installation of new glazing, insulation and climate controls to maximise building efficiency, and improvements to a loading bay, car parks and driveways.
Ms Pulford said the work to enhance facilities, as well as expand display and storage spaces, was designed to further Ararat’s reputation as a cultural tourism destination capable of developing and attracting ambitious, blockbuster programs.
“It will increase the town’s ability to attract major exhibitions and nationally recognised performers to the region, providing a boost to the local economy and creating jobs,” she said.
“Victoria’s arts and cultural scene does not just stop on the edge of Melbourne.
“This announcement well and truly puts Ararat on the map as a cultural, performing arts and tourism destination not to miss.
“Through our investment, we are breathing new life into the historic town hall building and reactivating an iconic building in Ararat.”
Project construction will start this month and is scheduled to finish by the middle of next year.
Cr Hooper said it was incredibly heartening to note the support the council had received from government, and also from the broader community, all of which was helping bring the vision to reality.

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