Extra $241M for arts precinct redevelopment

Improved disability access and acoustics, as well as upgraded back of house facilities, are part of an overhaul of Arts Centre Melbourne.

Plans for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Southbank arts precinct continue apace, with the Victorian Government this week announcing an additional $241 million investment for significant upgrades to Arts Centre Melbourne.

The extra funding brings the Andrews Government’s total investment in the precinct’s redevelopment to date to $1.7 billion.

‘The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation will create thousands of local jobs and cement Victoria’s reputation as cultural capital of the country,’ said Minister for Creative Industries the Hon. Danny Pearson MP.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts