Future certainty for Albany Entertainment Centre
Media Statement from Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA
- Nearly $2 million in funding for the Albany Entertainment Centre confirmed in 2018-19 Budget
- McGowan Labor Government commits to an additional three years of funding for centre
- Investment towards creative industries to provide a boost to the local economy and jobs
The McGowan Labor Government has provided funding certainty to ensure the ongoing operations of the Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) with an additional new allocation of $1.5 million on top of an original commitment of $464,000.
The centre attracts nearly 40,000 people each year through more than 200 events, performances, functions and conferences.
About 4,500 people per year attended free community events at the venue including school productions and free simulcasts from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and WA Opera.
The centre is a valuable asset to the region more broadly with about 32 per cent of the audience coming from outside the City of Albany.
The current funding agreement between the City of Albany and the State Government has been in place since 2015, and was due to expire on June 30, 2019.
With the previously committed $464,000 allocated in the 2018-19 Budget, the State Government has now confirmed that it will provide $500,000 annually from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022.
The State Government and the City of Albany each contribute 50 per cent of the operational cost of the centre, which includes cash and in-kind contribution from the City.
The centre's financial sustainability is guaranteed through the Government's in-kind contribution with the City of Albany.
The Government is continuing to work with the City, through the AEC Operational Advisory Committee, to develop a long-term management plan for the centre.
The operations committee is made up of representatives from the City of Albany, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the community and the Perth Theatre Trust.
The Albany Entertainment Centre is managed by the Perth Theatre Trust on behalf of the State Government. For more information on the AEC, visit https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/albany-entertainment-centre
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"I'm pleased to confirm the State's ongoing commitment to the Albany Entertainment Centre.
"This year's Budget will continue to deliver on our election commitments and invest in job-creating initiatives like the creative industries to help improve the local economy.
"The relationship between the State Government and the City of Albany continues to strengthen and we remain committed to funding key regional facilities.
"The centre services the whole of the Great Southern region and hosts events and performances that attract people to Albany and the surrounding areas, so it's important this venue is well-maintained and operated."
Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:
"I am really pleased that this funding will mean that financial sustainability of the AEC is guaranteed for the City of Albany.
"The AEC is a premier regional performing arts and conference venue that attracts patrons not only from Albany, but from around the Great Southern region.
"It's a great community asset that has seen many touring productions with international and nationally acclaimed acts come to Albany."