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Council commits $1 million to Performing Arts Centre

Council commits $1 million to Performing Arts Centre

Armidale Regional Council has agreed to contribute one million dollars towards the new multi purpose 1000 seat Performing Arts Centre as part of the $65 million new Armidale full curriculum secondary school announced by the NSW Government on 17 June 2017.

Recent community consultation for the Community Strategic Plan and the Arts & Cultural Strategic Plan supported the development of a large capacity Performing Arts Centre that would better service the community.

The Administrator Dr Ian Tiley presented an Administrator Minute at the Council Meeting held on Wednesday 28 June when he allocated one million dollars from Council’s General Fund Capital Budget over the financial years 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

Dr Tiley said Council had been requested to commit a minimum contribution of one million dollars to secure the arrangement.

“I am pleased to make this commitment which is exceptionally cost effective in terms of securing the long desired Performing Arts Centre but on three conditions; that the auditorium have a 1000 seat capacity, it will be available to the regional community for public use including entertainment, performing arts events, conferences, movies etc and that Council and its community will have input into the facility design,” said Dr Tiley.

“This couldn’t be a better outcome for the Armidale Region. Council’s contribution is a far cry from the mooted $30 million price tag to fund a Performing Arts Centre. Now the community can look forward to a wonderful new facility that can attract world class entertainment, performing arts, major conferences and also provide exemplary educational outcomes for young people.”

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