Arts | February 11, 2016

National MPs call on government to meet with ‘Get it Built’ group

Thursday 11 February 2016

Gippsland National MPs Melina Bath and Russell Northe have called on the government to meet with Latrobe Performing Arts Centre redevelopment advocacy group ‘Get it Built’.

Speaking in parliament this week Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath called on the Minister for Regional Development to meet with the group to see first-hand the passion, desire and need for the arts centre in Traralgon to be redeveloped. 

“We are pleased that Latrobe City Council is working to advance this project and has recently engaged consultants to investigate an appropriate scope and design along with a business case that would be utilised to illicit financial support from both State and Federal Governments,” Ms Bath said. 

“It is imperative the Minister understands the importance of this project to the Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland community and that is why I have asked her to meet with Get it Built representatives.” 

On Monday night Latrobe City Council committed $10 million to the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre redevelopment. 

Member for Morwell Russell Northe said council’s support was further vindication of the community’s substantial desire and drive to ensure the redevelopment goes ahead. 

“Unfortunately our community has been bypassed for many years when it comes to attracting high profile shows and events due to the current size and infrastructure limitations of the art centre,” Mr Northe said. 

“It’s a long held frustration that Traralgon has missed out to both Sale and Warragul and it’s time our centre is upgraded to ensure more opportunities are created for our region.” 

The ‘Get it Built’ group was established in December last year to advocate for the arts centre redevelopment and is made up of community members, service clubs, business representatives, performing arts user groups and Council representatives.

Mr Northe, who is chair of the group, said thousands of local community members had signed petitions, given financial pledges and attended rallies to demonstrate support for the project.

He said there were plans for applications to be submitted to the State Government and to the Federal Governments "Stronger Regions" program over the coming month. 

“It’s important the Minister meet with representatives of ‘Get it Built’ to understand how vital this project is for Latrobe Valley residents and the future of our region,” Mr Northe said.


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