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Cootamundra gains first-class theatre complex

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Cootamundra Gains First-Class Theatre Complex

Media Release WT025/2013 13 November 2013

Joint release with: Angus Taylor Member for Hume Katrina Hodgkinson NSW Member for Burrinjuck

Cootamundra has scored a first-class regional theatre complex with today's official opening of the additions to its arts centre.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the Cootamundra Arts Centre's Tin Shed Theatre now had the facilities to house larger productions and attract visiting companies.

“Theatre companies producing shows in Cootamundra will enhance the community's artistic and social life and boost local business,” Mr Truss said.

“The $256,370 extensions are an excellent example of a community driven initiative supported by the Australian Government and local government working together to provide important infrastructure.”

The Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor, said the extensions were built through a contribution of $93,175 by the Australian Government, $151,545 by the Cootamundra Shire Council and $11,650 in community donations.

“In addition to the financial contribution, the community donated more than 21,000 hours of work—8,000 hours of volunteer labour in the construction of the centre and more than 13,000 hours of volunteered administration, research, programming and consultancy,” Mr Taylor said.

The New South Wales Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, said the additions to the Tin Shed Theatre included artists’ dressing rooms and toilets, an artists’ green room for relaxing between scenes and after the show, space for an artist in residence and a storage area.

“In October 2011, I announced the NSW Government's provision of nearly $300,000 to assist the Cootamundra Arts Centre with the initial conversion of the old Shepherds Woolskins site into the Tin Shed Theatre,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The arts centre will become a hub of community activity with the complex used for arts and cultural productions, exhibitions and educational activities.

“The local community will also be using it for school performances, small musical concerts and training programs.”

The new facilities have created three new jobs at the arts centre, which is now open seven days a week, and nine jobs were created during construction. Volunteers received training in various building trades, potentially leading to work in the industry.