Narrandera CRC Incorporated has been successful in receiving funding of $141,589 to deliver upgrades to the CRC Plaza Theatre thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Creative Capital program.
Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced the funding during a visit to the theatre, while encouraging the community to continue enjoying this beloved venue.
“This funding will help to deliver state-of-the-art improvements and ensure local audiences and visitors enjoy high-quality cultural experiences. I am delighted the NSW Government has made this possible at the CRC Plaza Theatre,” Ms Cooke said.
“This project will provide significant improvements to front-of-house sound, speakers, the mixing desk and theatre lighting upgrades, while also making improvements to energy efficiency and stage acoustics.”
Narrandera CRC Senior Pastor, Mr Trevor Murphy, said this will improve the atmosphere in the already beautiful 500-seat CRC Plaza theatre, which is a much-loved part of the Narrandera community.
“The most grateful of all will be the sound and lighting volunteers, who over many years have done a fantastic job with very modest equipment. This grant will enable them to easily utilise their expertise, train and develop others and significantly enhance the production quality of the events and organisations they serve, which I know will be a great encouragement to them,” Mr Murphy said.
This is just one of three projects across the electorate sharing in a total of $11.7 million in funding under the second round of Minor Works and Equipment Projects.
Nationals Minister for Arts Franklin said this Creative Capital funding will pay dividends for the community of Narrandera by delivering a much-needed facility upgrade.
“This investment in cultural infrastructure is recognition of the valuable role arts and culture plays in the community,” Mr Franklin said.
“The NSW Government’s $72 million Creative Capital program aims to boost equity and access to arts and culture facilities for the people of NSW. With 165 projects across the state, more people will have access to top-class arts and cultural experiences.”
“It’s projects like this that will see the many museums, galleries, performance spaces and Aboriginal Cultural Centres and Keeping Places across NSW be venues their communities can continue to be proud of,” Mr Franklin said.
Further details on the Creative Capital program are available on the Create NSW website at www.create.nsw.gov.au.