Stirling Street arts centre gets $1m promise

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

The head of the Stirling Street Arts Centre has welcomed the inclusion of the facility’s redevelopment in Bunbury’s 2017-18 financials.

The CBD arts facility will receive a refurbishment thanks to a $1 million allocation in Bunbury City Council’s 2017-18 Budget.

Chairwoman Margaret Perkins said the redevelopment would benefit the entire community and was well overdue.

“It will mean we can do more classes and add more variety in what we do,” Mrs Perkins said.

“It will also give us more space for more community groups to work alongside the arts centre staff which is part of our long-term vision.”

The redevelopment project will include two new studio spaces, a meeting room, new toilets, office and storage administration space, reception and retail display space and a new kitchen. The centre is also relying on a further $1 million from the State Government.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch previously said new projects not already included under the State Government’s plans were unrealistic in the economic climate.

But he did say he would provide help with grant programs through State and Federal governments.

Mrs Perkins said despite the financial hurdles, she was hopeful the redevelopment would start soon.

“Getting funding is our biggest obstacle,” she said.

“The end date depends entirely on funding, but ideally the project would be done within five years.”

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