The future of the Goldfields Arts Centre as a premier arts and cultural venue for Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields region has been secured, with the transfer of the facility from the Department of Workforce Training and Development to the Perth Theatre Trust.
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been advised that the maintenance of the Goldfields Arts Centre will be supported by the normal appropriations given to the Perth Theatre Trust whilst the City will continue to carry out the operational functions of the venue.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the announcement was a huge relief and a big win for the local arts and cultural community.
“Under the new agreement, the Perth Theatre Trust will be responsible for the presentation of the building to fulfil its purpose – namely as the premier arts and culture venue for the region. This means there will be a greater level of support and expertise for Arts Centre staff and really positive flow on effects to our local arts community,” he said.
“The Government has committed to working with the City to provide this facility to our community, which is exactly the outcome we have been hoping for. It has been a challenging time working through a difficult transaction, but with a wonderful outcome.
“With a definite future for the Arts Centre, we can now look at things like our strategic programming and ensuring the shows and exhibitions we are investing in are not only exceeding community expectations, but are also complementing the City’s vision to create a vibrant arts and cultural precinct in the CBD.
“This is a fantastic commitment from the State to not just the arts and cultural sector but to the entire community, and I think I can safely say that we are all appreciative of Minister Templeman’s hard work to secure a long term future for the Goldfields Arts Centre.”