Potential New Lease of Life for our Grand Old Dame
As part of the NSW State Government’s Regional Growth Fund, Moree Plains Shire Council has submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) application under the Regional Cultural Fund for funding of Stage One of the Moree Civic Precinct Redevelopment project.
The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund supports local communities to create bold and exciting arts infrastructure reflecting the rich diversity of regional areas, with up to $25 million available in the first round of funding.
Opened in 1923, the Moree Civic Precinct (which includes the Moree Memorial Hall, Banquet Hall, Moree Community Library, kitchen, building facade and amenities) has long been Moree’s flagship cultural venue, and the home of the arts for the region. However, it is in need of redevelopment to satisfy the more modern requirements of theatrical and dance groups, visiting stage shows, training and educational requirements, expo and conferences and community use.
The Moree Civic Precinct Redevelopment project will provide much needed upgrades to ensure that this majestic building can continue servicing the community well into the future.
The goals of Stage One of the Project will be to improve the building's functionality and amenities; including installation of a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, fitting LED lighting and acoustic systems, new staging and rigging infrastructure, and improved disability access with lift and refurbished bathroom facilities, valued at over $2,339,553.
Stage One the project does not include a cinema.
Moree Plains Shire Council is strongly committed to the preservation of the iconic Moree Civic Precinct pledging $1,219,253 in cash co-contribution for the EOI towards the Project.
The outcome of the EOI application under the Regional Cultural Fund will not be announced until late October 2017. If successful, Council will then be invited to submit a full grant application with the outcome to be announced mid-February 2018.