The Goldfields Arts Centre’s long-term future has been assured, with the McGowan Government confirming the Perth Theatre Trust will take full ownership of the venue to guarantee its doors remain open.
Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman and Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan ended three months of speculation with the long-awaited announcement today.
Speaking at the centre, Mr Templeman revealed the Department of Education and Training would transfer the centre’s ownership to the Perth Theatre Trust to align it with the State’s arts-based statutory authority.
Under the agreement, the State will commit $250,000 a year over a five-year lease agreement to fund ongoing maintenance.
Mr Templeman acknowledged the venue was the Goldfields’ premier arts facility and said the decision would ensure its continuity.
“For the next five years the Perth Theatre Trust will have the ownership of the facility,” he said.
“(There is) a guarantee now that this facility will continue as a cultural and arts activity centre. A lease will be signed between the Perth Theatre Trust and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“We will make sure the Perth Theatre Trust works with the council to make sure ongoing product is delivered through this centre to the people of the Goldfields.
“There is now no uncertainty, the centre will remain operational, quality product will be delivered and it will be a great partnership between the Perth Theatre Trust, through the State and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
Full story in tomorrow’s Kalgoorlie Miner and West Australian.
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