NORPA TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE FOR PERFROMING ARTS
Member for Lismore Thomas George and Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin have announced the Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre(NORPA) has successfully secured $1.116 million as part of the second round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).
Mr George said this funding will allow support NORPA’s efforts to become the premier performing arts centre in the Northern Rivers.
“This funding will allow upgrades to Lismore City Hall, including improved theatre equipment, increased space to attract larger performances and the greening of the building to lower energy consumption and carbon footprint.
“These works finalise a five stage plan which will make this fantastic facility viable into the future,” Mr George said.
The Regional Cultural Fund supports projects which will enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of regional communities.
Mr Barilaro said he was pleased to see such an important project funded as part of the arts-specific fund.
“Having grown up and raised a family in a regional area, I know our regional towns and cities can have so much to offer in the arts and culture space.
“As a government we have done a great deal of work to improve our economic position and invest heavily in infrastructure, and we want to ensure the benefits of that work extend to all sectors – and that includes supporting our arts practitioners in the regions,” Mr Barilaro said.
Mr Curtin said Lismore’s economy will be the big winner from the improvements to City Hall.
“As NORPA attracts more well-known productions to town, we will see more tourists visiting, staying overnight and spending money in local businesses,” Mr Curtin said.
RCF funds will go towards projects ranging from the construction of new exhibition and performing arts spaces, to the refurbishment of libraries and museums and smaller, grass-roots community projects.
NORPA General Manager, Patrick Healey said the RCF grant will enable the organisation to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of ensuring state-of-the-art technology is available to cultural and performing arts centres in regional cities.
“The new lighting, sound, and staging equipment fit-out at Lismore City Hall will make it the premiere Northern Rivers performing arts centre and the only one between Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast. The new equipment will benefit in the creation of new NORPA works, add to the vibrancy and capacity of NORPA’s annual season, and be a compelling component in attracting more touring groups to Lismore.
“I want to especially take this opportunity to thank Thomas George for his unwavering support of NORPA and the creative industries more broadly. I know all of us that work locally in the creative sector are grateful for his strong support and advocacy on our behalf,” Mr Healey said.