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The Nationals commit to building Latrobe Performing Arts Centre



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SENATOR THE HON FIONA NASH

MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND RURAL HEALTH SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

THE HON DARREN CHESTER MP MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GIPPSLAND

9 June 2016

THE NATIONALS COMMIT TO BUILDING LATROBE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

A re-elected Coalition Government will build the $30 million Latrobe Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester made the announcement today on behalf of Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, with members of the ‘Get It Built’ community group.

Led by local resident Dan Clancey, the ‘Get It Built’ group has campaigned to replace Traralgon's Little Theatre with a new cultural hub at the corner of Grey and Church Streets.

Mr Chester said the Coalition Government would commit $10 million in Commonwealth funding, matching equal contributions from the Latrobe City Council and Victorian Government.

“Today’s commitment is a credit to the local community volunteers for working together to make this a priority project for the Latrobe Valley,” Mr Chester said.

“Get It Built has worked productively with all three levels of government to make this project a reality.

“The Latrobe Performing Arts Centre will help create local jobs in the hospitality and arts sectors and provide new opportunities for growth.

“The new centre will also attract more people to our region and provide a state-of-the-art facility for local residents to enjoy.

“As the Member for Gippsland and as a Minister in a Coalition Government, it is my responsibility to ensure the Latrobe Valley gets its fair share of Commonwealth funding. Today’s commitment is a key part in ensuring that happens.”

Minister Nash said regional towns needed access to high quality community centres that rivalled those in the big cities.

“As a rural person myself, I understand the importance local arts and cultural centres have to regional communities.

“As Minister for Regional Development, I am eager to help build the types of communities our children and grandchildren will want to stay in, or come back to and raise a family.

“Projects like the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre are a big part of that.”

Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the community-led ‘Get it Built’ campaign had achieved a significant win for the Latrobe Valley region.

“Latrobe Valley residents have been saying for many years that we need a new and improved arts centre to attract the best shows and events to our region,” Mr Northe said.

“A new performing arts centre in Traralgon will ensure we are no longer bypassed by people travelling to shows in Sale and Warragul.

“The community has pushed hard to secure funding from federal, state and local governments, and I’m glad the lobbying has paid off with today’s announcement.”

Mr Chester congratulated members of the Get It Built campaign team, including Mr Clancey; Committee chair, Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe; Traralgon Community Development Association; Latrobe Theatre Company; Traralgon Chamber of Commerce; Traralgon Lions Club; City of Traralgon Band and Latrobe City Council.

Media contact: Minister Chester: James Twining - 0455 262 496