Grant will help centre function better

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
HRCC manager David Marshall and Robyn Clarke MLA celebrate the almost $230,000 grant.
Camera IconHRCC manager David Marshall and Robyn Clarke MLA celebrate the almost $230,000 grant. Credit: Callum Hunter.

A grant of almost $230,000 was announced this week for the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre to upgrade its function room.

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke made the announcement at the centre on Tuesday, much to the delight of centre manager David Marshall.

“It’s a fantastic moment in the history of the centre as it sets us up really well for the next 25 years,” he said.

“It will allow us to continue the journey started 25 years ago when this place was built... it will do great things for the centre and the area by default.”

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The $229,538 Creative Regions grant is to be spent upgrading the function room stage, lighting, sound system, projector system, curtains, communications system and digital signage aimed at luring more high calibre performers and shows to the venue.

Ms Clarke said she was a long time supporter of the centre and the shows already held there were second to none.

“From what I’ve heard though, the majority of shows here nearly always sell out... it’s a testament to the Harvey community,” she said.

“It is an older venue, so the upgrades will beautify it and be able to draw a higher calibre of artist down here knowing the facilities are probably better than what they’re used to.”

The upgrades are set to be implemented in stages over the next 12 months.

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