$21m secured for Busselton performing arts centre

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and Forrest MP Nola Marino announced $21 million in funding for a performing arts and convention centre in Busselton.
City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and Forrest MP Nola Marino announced $21 million in funding for a performing arts and convention centre in Busselton.

Funding for a performing arts and convention centre in Busselton has been announced by Forrest MP Nola Marino and City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley.

The Australian Government has committed $10.35 million under the Regional Growth Fund toward the project and the City of Busselton will commit a further $10.65 million.

The project will deliver a first class facility known as the Busselton Entertainment Arts and Cultural Hub or BEACH.

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley said they were thankful to the government for acknowledging the social and economic benefits of the development.

Mr Henley said Busselton was one of WA's fastest growing regions and over the past decade the city has emerged as a leader in regional events and creative industries returning millions of dollars to the local economy.

The new multipurpose facility will enable the city to attract large conventions to the regions and major performers year round.

It will add vibrancy to our town centre and generate jobs during the construction phase and once operational.

Mr Henley said it made good financial sense to take advantage of current low interest rates and competitive building market to progress the project now.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said the centre would provide an opportunity to boost the economy and was looking forward to people and businesses benefiting from the project.

Ms Marino said the facility would provide opportunities for people and businesses when trade shows and events came to the city.

While the design features are still in planning, the vision is to create an iconic building that adds to the development of the cultural precinct as a regional draw card.

Key elements of the facility will include a 600 plus seat auditorium, conference facilities, the latest technology, functional and rehearsal rooms.

The adaptable design and use of technology will make the venue suitable for a variety of purposes from theatre and trade shows to music events and sit-down dining.

Attention will also be given to incorporating design elements that compliment the heritage streetscape of the Cultural Precinct which is home to the historic Weld Theatre and ArtGeo Gallery and Courthouse.