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Arts and sculpture park opened in Glenorchy



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PRIME MINISTER

SENATOR CAROL BROWN

SENATOR LISA SINGH

ARTS AND SCULPTURE PARK OPENED IN GLENORCHY

A new arts precinct in the heart of Glenorchy was officially opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tasmanian Senators Carol Brown and Lisa Singh today.

Stage One of the $15.9 million Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park features an open recreation space designed to connect communities and boost tourism.

The park boasts new lighting and sound infrastructure, a boardwalk, seating, shelters and barbecue facilities.

The Federal Government invested $2.7 million in the Stage One development through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP), partnering with the Tasmanian Government and Glenorchy City Council.

Last month, the Federal Government announced it would provide $2.32 million to fund Stage Two works as part of the first round of the $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

Stage Two works, commencing next year, include the construction of new shared paths, additional landscaping, and a building to service the ferry jetty.

The ferry jetty will help connect the park to the Museum of Old and New Art and the city of Hobart.

The Prime Minister said the precinct combined social, environmental and economic benefits.

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring all Australians have access to arts and culture, no matter where they live.

More than 50,000 people are expected to visit the park every year, with that number expected to grow to 100,000 over the next five years.

Stage One design and construction works created 50 short term jobs and the opening of the park will support 10 long-term positions.

HOBART 3 OCTOBER 2011

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