Building A World Class Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Posted 25 September 2018

Building A World Class Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Victorian Government Press Release 21st Sep 2018 (edited)

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government promises to deliver the final stage of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) redevelopment, creating local jobs, bringing top acts to Geelong and giving community groups a stage to shine.

“Geelong is a great place to live and more Victorians are moving to our state’s second largest city for good jobs and a better lifestyle.”

They intend to hold to their commitment to transform GPAC into a world-class venue. This Government has already funded the first two stages of GPAC’s redevelopment, with work currently underway on the $38.5 million second stage, which includes a new foyer, bar area and four rehearsal studios on the Ryrie Street side.

There is more to do and the Government intends to deliver the third and final stage of GPAC’s redevelopment to give Geelong the arts and cultural facilities that help make a city great.

It will include a 500-seat drama theatre, new 250 seat courtyard theatre, a new black box theatre, an outdoor atrium, more dining options, an upgraded box office and refurbished back of house and administration facilities.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said “We’re revitalising Geelong’s arts and culture precinct and GPAC’s redevelopment is a key part of that, creating hundreds of jobs and providing a world-class venue.”

The $128 million project will cover around two thirds of the site, with most of the work focussing on the Little Malop Street side of the building.

The project will create around 600 construction jobs and more than 300 ongoing local jobs in the tourism and service industries. Work will start in 2020 and be completed by 2023.

“This is a win for the whole region – whether you live in Geelong, the Surf Coast or Bellarine Peninsula, you’ll no longer have to travel to Melbourne to see the best acts from around Australia and the world.” said Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville.

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