Belconnen Arts Centre’s (BAC) Board, staff and community of supporters are absolutely delighted with the 15 May 2017 announcement by Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirming the ACT Government’s commitment of $15 million over three years to complete the arts centre.
Acting Belconnen Arts Centre Chair Phil Nizette in expressing gratitude on behalf of the BAC Board said today:
“Thank you Minister for the Arts Gordon Ramsay for helping make today’s announcement possible and thank you Chief Minister Andrew Barr for your Government’s strengthening support of creative, arts and cultural life in the ACT. Completing BAC has enjoyed extraordinary support. In the run up to the last ACT election all three major political parties and all candidates for the seat of Ginninderra came out in support of completing of BAC. We were then greatly encouraged by the Greens and Labor Parliamentary Agreement which identified completion, and now with this pre-budget announcement this vital arts and community cultural infrastructure investment is assured.”
“Importantly, this is a cultural infrastructure project that reaches back over twenty years when a visionary community sought and secured land and then devised and pushed hard for plans to ensure Belconnen town centre has a creative heart on the spectacular shore of Lake Ginninderra. We acknowledge and thank the many people across Belconnen district and beyond who helped to make this happen.”
“The team at BAC has been working hard behind the scenes with their colleagues at artsACT and across the ACT Government making sure the completed facility is as good as it can be. We are also planning a vibrant creative program of community arts and cultural development practice that will build on BAC’s widely acknowledged leadership in arts practice development, collaboration and community engagement.”
“We look forward to working closely with the ACT Government over the coming months. A completed BAC will take our work to the next level with a new multipurpose auditoria, new workshops and studios, space for creative residencies and improved galleries. This is such great news for creativity, the arts and our community”