Big HEART for the arts in Margaret River

Media Release

JM047/2018

17 March 2018

Joint release with:

Nola Marino

Federal Member for Forrest

Pamela Townshend

President of Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council

  • New cultural hub due to begin construction in Margaret River, WA
  • Construction will follow today's demolition of the former cultural centre
  • The Coalition Government is investing $1.8 million in the project.

Margaret River locals will today give a farewell to their old cultural centre with its demolition making way for the construction of the new and improved Hub for Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism (HEART) project.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said HEART would be a game-changer for the South-West region, taking existing but under-utilised space and converting it into a flexible space for dance, cabaret, exhibitions and conferences.

“This project will provide Margaret River with a huge 444-seat theatre—perfect for professional theatrical performances as well as for use by local schools and amateur theatre companies,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to creating jobs—this project will do just that, creating over 30 jobs during construction and 10 ongoing jobs.”

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the project would also include a 160-seat cinema and multi-purpose space that converts into a function area, a multi-purpose art gallery and performance space, including a green room.

“There's a vibrant, creative sector in and around Margaret River,” Mrs Marino said.

“This great theatre will attract event greater events to the region in the future, in addition to local performers.

“I'm so pleased the new centre will come well-equipped with a commercial kitchen, cool room and bar.

“This really is bringing a modern art centre to the South West, while also creating 31 construction jobs and at least 10 ongoing jobs within the community, which is a fantastic result.”

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council President Pam Townshend said the Autumn Lights event being held today is a special opportunity for people to come together, celebrate music, dance and the arts, and bid farewell to the existing Cultural Centre before the transformational works begin.

“We look forward to the commencement of this project, which will provide the community with a wonderful new resource,” Cr Townshend said.

This project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government $1.8 million, the Western Australian Government $3.55 million, LotteryWest $1.4 million and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council $2.45 million.