Junee’s Athenium Theatre has reopened, following extensive upgrades funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government.
NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke officially opened the improvements which include a new commercial kitchen, storage, outdoor function space, and new air conditioning.
The work was paid for with three NSW Nationals in the state government grants totalling almost $1.1 million.
Ms Cooke said the theatre was a drawcard for the Junee region.
“The Athenium is an intrinsic part of the Junee landscape and a link to the beauty of the past. Now with these improvements it can be enjoyed well into the future, hosting even more events,” Ms Cooke said.
“This reopening has enabled the entire community to share in this stunning space, enjoying the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, the street party and live entertainment.
“The Athenium is a shining example of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s commitment to strengthening our rural communities by enhancing spaces where people can come together to enjoy themselves.”
Junee Shire Council General Manager James Davis said the upgrades place Junee in a strong position to attract new events and to host large events of regional significance attracting visitors from far and wide.
“Events such as these have the undeniable effect of boosting tourism and encouraging economic activity,” he said.