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$500,000 Upgrade for the Joan


Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced Penrith City Council has received a funding injection following a successful ClubGRANTS application.

“I’m thrilled the NSW Liberals & Nationals is supporting the upgrade of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (JSPAC) with a $500,000 grant to be spent on audio-visual and theatre lighting.

 The project will include:

  • the replacement and upgrade of the theatre lighting and associated audio-visual equipment with energy efficient components
  • upgrade and diversification of rigs in each of the three major venues
  • installation of data projection and screen in the Richard Bonynge concert Hall
  • new monitors and updating/extension of data cabling
  • improved sound equipment

“With close to 300,000 people visiting to the JSPAC each year, the upgrades will be an outstanding asset and will ensure centre is equipped to entertain the community with its productions for generations to come,” said Stuart Ayres

Bernard Bratusa, candidate for Londonderry said “This is another welcome announcement by the Baird Government that emphasizes the level of commitment in delivering for Western Sydney.”  

Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler said “I would like to thank Stuart Ayres for his continued support of Penrith City Council. I have no doubt these upgrades to the JSPAC will be a terrific benefit for the community”.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said the NSW Government is proud to support this important project that will contribute to the well-being of so many in the community. 

“The NSW Government understand how important enhancing a local facility is to meet the needs of thriving communities,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is proud to support projects that encourage participation in health and lifestyle activities.

“Part of the focus of the ClubGRANTS scheme in 2014/15 is on the development and enhancement of sport, recreation and cultural facilities in line with the Government’s NSW 2021 commitment to increase participation in sport, recreational, arts and cultural activities and support healthy lifestyles,” Mr Grant said.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the not-for-profit club industry was proud to support such an important performing arts centre.

“Many people would be aware of the support that clubs provide for sports teams and charities, but clubs are also passionate about supporting the arts and cultural projects for the community,” he said.

“The great thing about this project is that it will benefit both Penrith, and the wider Western Sydney region.”

Stuart Ayres added “A re-elected Liberals Government will grow arts in Western Sydney by $30 million over the next four years.

The Baird Government’s $30 million over the next four years is double the current share of funds for Western Sydney. The budget boost includes an additional $10 million to relocate the Powerhouse Museum, and an additional $7.5 million to support local artists across Western Sydney.

Stuart Ayres said local artists and arts organisations in Penrith will benefit from doubling the Arts NSW funds available.

“Doubling the budget will give our emerging artists more opportunities to work and showcase their talents locally, Stuart Ayres said.



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