Member for Morwell and Chair of the “Get It Built” Committee, Russell Northe is pleased the State Government has bowed to community pressure and committed funding towards the long awaited Latrobe Creative Precinct.
Mr Northe said our local community has for many years desired to see the redevelopment of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon, mainly due to its lack of seating capacity and issues with infrastructure.
“This culminated in many high profile shows bypassing Latrobe in lieu of other venues and even local theatre groups having to host productions in other communities,” Mr Northe said.
“The community has pushed very hard for funding with thousands of petitions and pledges signed, rally’s coordinated and the “Get it Built” committee established.
“Unfortunately previous decisions made by some Councillors effectively led to a significant stalling of the project for many years.”
Mr Northe has highlighted the need for this project in Parliament on many occasions over the years and was pleased that the Government had listened to the communities desires.
Member for Eastern Region Melina Bath also recently called on the Minister for Regional Development to meet with the “Get it Built” group to see and hear about the importance of an upgrade.
Mr Northe said Latrobe City Council had recently committed $10 million to the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre redevelopment.
“For many years our community has fought long and hard to have the current facility redeveloped that would not only improve safety for local user groups but attract more high profile events to Latrobe City,” Mr Northe said.
“I congratulate Latrobe City Council for their recent hard work in advocating for these funds and look forward to seeing the redevelopment take shape so that future generations can continue to enjoy the events hosted at the Latrobe Creative Precinct.
“Whilst its acknowledged that Federal Government is required to complete this project, I do know my Federal colleague Darren Chester is very supportive.”
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath congratulated all those involved in fighting for the redevelopment.
“My colleague Russell Northe, Latrobe City Council and many members of the community put in a lot of effort to see this project come to fruition and it’s fantastic to see our voices heard,” she said.
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