Cootamundra to Gain First-Class Theatre Complex

Media Release

WT025/2013

14 November 2013

Joint release with:

Angus Taylor

Member for Hume

Katrina Hodgkinson

NSW Member for Burrinjuck

Cootamundra will score a firstclass regional theatre complex with funding to complete 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 will have 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.”

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

“My congratulations to the Cootamundra community who have not only contributed financially but are donating their volunteer time and labour toward building the renovations and carrying out administrative work, research, programming and consultancy,” Mr Taylor said.

The New South Wales Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, said the additions to the Tin Shed Theatre include 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 will create new jobs at the arts centre, as well as jobs that have been created during construction.