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City of Busselton 13 Aug 2019
BEACH Funding a Boost to Creative Sector and Economy

Published on 13 August 2019

On a visit to the City of Busselton today Federal Member for Forrest Hon. Nola Marino MP announced funding for a new performing arts and convention centre to be built in the Busselton Cultural Precinct.

The Australian Government has committed $10.35 million under the Regional Growth Fund towards the project to which the City of Busselton will contribute a further $10.65 million in cash and in kind contributions.

The project will deliver the community a first class facility known as the Busselton Entertainment Arts and Cultural Hub or BEACH.

City of Busselton Mayor thanked the Australian Government for their support. ”We’re thankful to the Australian Government for acknowledging the social and economic benefits of the development and backing the project with such enthusiasm,” he said.

The City of Busselton is one of the State’s most visited and fastest-growing cities. Over the past decade we’ve emerged as a leader in regional events and our creative industries are returning many millions of dollars to the local economy each year. This new multi-purpose facility will enable us to attract large conventions to the regions and major performers year round. It will add vibrancy to our town centre and generate jobs both during the construction phase and once operational.

It also makes good financial sense that we take advantage of the current low interest rates and competitive building market and progress with this project now.”

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said she was pleased to announce the funding.

“This centre will now provide an opportunity to boost the local economy,” Mrs Marino said.

“I am looking forward to local people and businesses benefitting from the construction of this project.

 “There will also be further opportunities for local people and businesses when tradeshows and events come to the city.”

 While design features are still in the planning, the vision is to create an iconic building that adds to the development of the Cultural Precinct as a regional drawcard in its own right. Key elements of the BEACH will include a 600 plus seat auditorium, conferencing facilities, the latest technology, function and rehearsal rooms.

The adaptable design and use of technology will make the venue suitable for a variety of purposes from theatre and tradeshows to music events and sit-down dining.  Attention will also be given to incorporating design elements that complement the heritage streetscape of the Cultural Precinct which is home to the historic Weld Theatre and ArtGeo Gallery and Court House.

With funding now secure the City will consult further with key stakeholders to progress more detailed designs.  Construction is earmarked to commence around April next year with the view to project completion in March 2022.

The Objectives out lined in this media release are aligned to Key Goal Area 4 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2017): An economy that is diverse, robust, and prosperous.

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