Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP today announced $626,130 in NSW Government funding for The Junee Athenium Theatre that will showcase the region’s impressive heritage architecture, attract higher tourist numbers and create local jobs.

Ms Cooke said the Round Two Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund grant will enable Junee Shire Council to install a commercial kitchen, additional storage, car spaces, signage and information for visitors at the heritage listed theatre.

Ms Cooke said the future of the theatre has never been brighter.

“Wow is an understatement. This funding brings the NSW Government’s investment in this amazing space to $1,096,330,” Ms Cooke said.

“In a year we’ve funded a new sound and lighting system, air-conditioning and heating and this announcement is truly the cherry on top of the cake.

“The success is a testament to Council’s numerous high-quality applications and their vision for this wonderful asset, as well as the passion of the people that use and love this theatre. These upgrades will take the theatre beyond a performance venue and make it a coveted events destination and tourism draw card.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the project is one of 14 new projects to receive a share of the $50 million available for infrastructure projects that draw tourists from outside the region or encourage them to stay longer and spend more.

“These are the signature projects that help to boost tourism visitation, with countless flow-on benefits such as creating jobs for locals, from dive instructors to chefs and vine-growers to event managers,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I congratulate Junee Shire Council on this funding win and look forward to seeing how this great project cements Junee’s status as a holiday and tourism haven and a fantastic place to live, work and play.”

The Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.

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