Narre Warren culture boost given the green light

June 25, 2013 by  

Much to the delight of Narre Warren’s artists and performers, a $125 million project dedicated to culture and the arts has finally been given the go-ahead by the local council.

The plan includes an art gallery, 800 seat theatre, library and community plaza. The 1.6 hectare site at Narre Warren has been selected as it is conveniently located near the Casey Aquatic & Recreation Centre.

Tony Purcell, a member of the Berwick Arts Society, thought he would never see the day. It has been his focus to secure a space for the arts community since 1992. He said:

“It’s been a long time coming. It will give Casey the artistic soul that every city needs. Once you’re involved with the arts, all your troubles fall away.”

An ecstatic Wayne Smith, a local council member, was pleased to invite Mr Purcell to the announcement, and explained that he has “written and pestered us about this for many, many years.”

It will be one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by local government in the state. Mayor Amanda Stapledon anticipates dramatic economic stimulus in the area, beginning with more than 1,000 jobs involved with construction of the facilities. She is inviting locals to get behind the project, stressing that it is being developed for the benefit of the entire community.

It is hoped that construction will be completed by 2017. Community consultation is to take place during the next couple of months. Ideas presented with the assistance of Narre Warren Printing services are sure to catch the attention of councillors and the wider community.