New Performing Arts Centre Ready to Serve Future Generations

Works on a multi-million, state of the art community and performing arts centre in the City of Brimbank are now complete.

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins unveiled the $8.9 million St Albans Community Centre at a civic reception on Tuesday evening.

The project received a $500,000 boost from the Victorian Government, on top of Brimbank City Council’s $5.9 million commitment and a $2.5 million allocation from the St Albans Community Centre Cooperative.

Central to the redevelopment is a 200-seat performing arts space, called the Bowery Theatre, designed to house the vast array of talent and skills on offer in the wider Brimbank community.

The theatre is named after the iconic Leigh Bowery, an internationally recognised performance artist and designer hailing from Brimbank.

The building, located on the site of the former Errington Community Centre, also features a café, exhibition space, performance stair, dance studio, arts and craft room, rehearsal room and meeting rooms.

Also included in the upgrade is the provision of new community spaces able to hold up to 100 people, as well as retractable walls to allow these spaces to adjust for even bigger crowds of up to 300.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“The development of the St Albans Community Centre is a great example of what can be achieved when state and local governments work with community groups.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to assisting in the development of important community centres such as this.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“This project is a key step forward in fully revitalising the St Albans town centre and will provide vital support for a number of community groups.”

“This centre will prove to be a key site for the practice and development of performance arts in the area.”

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