Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Tassie's arts scene gets yet another boost

Media Release


16 May 2017

  • The $2.15 million South Hobart Living Arts Centre Redevelopment is now complete
  • The centre will provide a modern and affordable space for artists, groups, and the community to use
  • The Coalition Government invested $1.65 million

The Hobart community today celebrated the opening of the South Hobart Living Arts Centre, with the refurbished centre providing an affordable space for artists, artistic groups and the wider community to gather.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she was thrilled that the heritage listed Macquarie Street State School building in South Hobart had been given a new lease on life.

“Hobart has become a world-class arts metropolis in recent years, with the opening of MONA and a range of other initiatives putting Tasmania's art scene on the global map,” Minister Nash said.

“This centre will provide the community with another place to learn about art, see the works of local and overseas artists, and to undertake training.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in arts and culture facilities does just that.”

Tasmanian Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, said the South Hobart Living Arts Centre will provide modern facilities and space for casual and ongoing community and cultural engagement.

“This historic sandstone building with a red corrugated roof has been brought into the 21st century with the installation of solar panels and new audio-visual equipment, and will have 35 parking bays on site which will be available for lease,” Ms Archer said.

“This will give local artists a facility to show off their works to visitors, while also providing an environmental boost to the region with the new solar panels.”

“I am personally very excited to see this project's progression, having advocated strongly for it on behalf of the South Hobart Progress Association and other stakeholders for several years.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($1.65 million) and the Tasmanian Government ($500,935).