"This is great news for Bankstown. It will create local construction jobs and provide a new home for local artists and community groups," Mr Clare said.
"The centre is already a great place for people to meet, learn, perform and be inspired. This will make Bankstown Arts Centre even better," Mr Melham said.
The $3.15 million funding is part of the Rudd Government's $800 million Community Infrastructure Program - the largest ever one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia's history.
Federal funding will contribute to the overall project which will:
- Support local arts groups such as The Bankstown Arts Society, The Bankstown Theatrical Society, The Bankstown and District Lapidary Club, Urban Theatre Project, The Bankstown Youth Development Service and CityMoon.
- Include a theatre, two rehearsal rooms, two project rooms, a foyer, an exhibition space, meeting rooms and a café.
- Encourage wider community participation in arts related activities.
Construction of the new Bankstown Arts Centre will start later this year.
Joint Media Release
Daryl Melham MP, Member for Banks
Media Contact: Deborah May
Jason Clare MP, Member for Blaxland
Media Contact: Chris Zogopoulos
Phone: 6277 4903