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Air conditioning upgrade delivers cool art to Armidale

Media Release

WT031/2015

06 February 2015

Joint release with:

Adam Marshall

NSW Member for Northern Tablelands

Barnaby Joyce

Minister for Agriculture
Federal Member for New England

Patrons of the New England Regional Art Museum are now cooler customers, with an upgrade to the museum's air conditioning system complete.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is part of the Australian Government's $300 million Community Development Grants Programme.

“By upgrading the museum's air conditioning, the Australian Government is ensuring it can preserve nationally-significant works of art, and attract more visitors as well,” Mr Truss said.

“The works of art housed at the museum are valued at more than $42 million and are a valuable part of the cultural heritage of the region.”

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said he was pleased to see ongoing investment in Australia's regions.

“Small regional communities are deserving of modern infrastructure just as much as Australia's large cities and this project will support the New England region substantially,” Mr Joyce said.

“More than 35,000 people visit this museum every year, enjoying the exhibitions, art classes and other resources the facility has to offer. By upgrading the museum's air conditioning, it will become a more attractive destination for tourists and residents alike.”

New South Wales Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the $365,000 upgrade had delivered substantial improvements to the museum.

“The East and West Galleries, as well as the museum's storage and office areas will benefit from improved air conditioning and upgraded humidifiers. An upgraded building management system will ensure maximum efficiency and cost control, ultimately improving the energy efficient nature of the building,” Mr Marshall said.

The project was jointly funded, with the following organisations providing funding:

  • Australian Government—$250,000
  • Arts NSW—$31,500
  • Armidale Dumaresq Council—$30,000
  • Hinton Trust—$15,000
  • New England Regional Art Museum Limited (NERAM Ltd)—$39,000