A new home for Spaghetti Circus has been officially opened at Mullumbimby Showground.
Spaghetti Circus has been part of the Mullumbimby community for over 25 years. Founded by Leonie Mills, Spaghetti has grown from a small school circus program to a respected member of the Australian circus family.
The Showground received $236,600 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Showground Stimulus Package to renovate an existing pavilion and adjoining food hall and turn it into a fun and practical space for Spaghetti Circus.
Local NSW Nationals MLC Ben Franklin joined Spaghetti Circus Director Alice Cadwell and her team at the opening to celebrate and to announce further funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Event Activation Fund.
“From an ageing pavilion to a fantastic new space for Spaghetti Circus, there are now more opportunities for creativity and fun,” Mr Franklin said.
“It was the cherry on top to announce further funding on behalf of the NSW Government for Spaghetti Circus to host the spectacular National Circus Festival.
“This additional funding means better facilities and a bigger venue capacity which will be game-changers for the National Circus Festival and will help attract visitors from all corners of the state and beyond.”
Alice Cadwell said the grant has breathed new life into the Showground facilities.
“The buildings look so much better now. They have been rejuvenated with new outdoor areas where you can sit and work and enjoy the sun and the inside of the buildings look like a million bucks,” Ms Cadwell said.
“Spaghetti Circus customers come into the old shed and are blown away by how good it looks. They wonder if they’ve walked into the right building.”
The Showground Stimulus Funding was part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $2.3 billion Health and Economic Covid-19 Stimulus Package to support communities by creating jobs, improving infrastructure, and promoting sustainability and longevity of showgrounds across NSW.
The $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies, and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.