The Hon Darren Chester MP has announced a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $10 million to deliver the Orange Conservatorium Development.
Mr Chester said this was an important project for Orange and the Central West and was proud the Liberal and Nationals Government was yet again delivering for the people of Calare.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government delivers local infrastructure that our communities expect and deserve and this investment in the Orange Conservatorium and Planetarium Development is yet another example of this government putting locals first,” Mr Chester said.
“The Liberal & Nationals Government invests in local projects because we understand Australia is made of more than just big infrastructure projects.
“The investment will see a 250-seat auditorium, teaching spaces, music studios, 70-seat planetarium including an 11 metre dome for virtual simulations of astronomy.”
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said having a strong and vibrant cultural scene is an important part of building country communities.
“More and more people are choosing to live in our region because of the culture and arts on offer,” Mr Gee said.
“Taking the Orange Regional Conservatorium to the next level and combining it with the Planetarium will create something truly unique.
“You can’t underestimate the significance of a project like this. It will encourage interest and participation in both the arts and science and benefit generations to come from not only Orange, but right across the Central West.”
Orange City Council Mayor Reg Kidd welcomed the announcement.
“We are excited about the substantial announcement today for the Orange Regional Conservatorium and Planetarium which when constructed will complete the world class civic square in Orange, adding to the
Museum, Gallery, Library and Civic theatre,” Mr Kidd said.
“The investment in Cultural precincts is important as it supports the long-term development of creative economies, bringing about substantial economic outputs and employment, as well as significant social benefits.
“This project will benefit the region through teaching, creative development and tourism for many decades to come.”
Only a Liberal and Nationals government can make these important investments because of our strong economic management, which lets us re-invest in local community infrastructure.
While the Commonwealth Government is investing in project, the Orange City Council will be managing the delivery of this project.