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Plans to complete the full transformation of Margaret River‘s Cultural Centre will progress with confirmation of $3.1m announced in yesterday’s State Government budget.

Following a period of intense review of all Royalties for Regions projects, the new Margaret River Hub of Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism – the Margaret River HEART project, was given approval.

This announcement supports a decision made by the Council earlier in the year to progress with detailed design work rather than putting the project on hold or scaling it back.   

Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Ian Earl was delighted with the decision.

“This is a great outcome and full vindication for this visionary project.”

“It is very pleasing to see that Minister MacTiernan has cast a fresh pair of eyes over the project under the  intense scrutiny of a very tough State budget and has judged that it is worthy of funding.  

“It also goes to show that the business case stacks up compared to other projects which weren't funded.

Mr Earl said the modern facility would serve the community well over the next 30 years and beyond.

“This multi-venue, multi-purpose facility will help to attract events to our region and provide employment as well as providing a venue for local community functions and entertainment.”

The announcement will enable all stages of the $9.2m project to progress.

“The great news for mums and dads is that the capacity of the main theatre will increase from 300 to 450 seats meaning that end of year school concerts won't have to turn away parents and relatives from seeing their kids perform.

All potentially cancer causing asbestos will be removed in the transformed facility.

Project architects the Bollig Design Group are completing the tender documentation and detailed designs with a view to seek building tenders in the new year.

Construction will commence in March next year and take approximately 12-15 months to complete.

For media enquiries please contact media@amrshire.wa.gov.au or call 08 9780 5239

Artists impression Margaret River HEART - Hub of Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism
Design by Bollig Design Group

 

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