Theatre Twyford Development


The Theatre Twyford will be a purpose-built 200 seat raked theatre adjacent to the existing Twyford Hall with a seating capacity of 200, as well as two green rooms, a backstage loading dock, a lift-accessible foyer, biobox, box office and theatre office.

The project has the support of the local members both state and federally, the local shire council, theatre and music groups, arts groups, church groups and community organisations.

Development Application

A Development Application was lodged with Bega Valley Shire Council and approved with conditions on 24 July 2007.

In the Council`s Media Release dated 27 July 2007, the Mayor is quoted as saying “This is an exciting project and it will have enormous benefits for the whole shire. The committee has worked very hard to ensure the existing facility is well managed and makes a positive contribution to the social and cultural fabric of the local and broader region.”

Cost Benefit Analysis

The Twyford Hall Incorporated Committee commissioned  a detailed Cost Benefit Analysis in June 2015 and the Report was finalised in August 2015.

The Consultant, ECONTEXT Economics and Allied Consulting, reported that a Benefit to Cost Ratio of 1.30 will arise with the establishment of the proposed Theatre Twyford. That is, for every dollar spent on the project a benefit of one dollar thirty cents flows to the Region and is a very healthy ratio in cost benefit terms. The benefit was measured over a 30 year project horizon which is short for a project of this kind. Twyford Hall for example was built in 1931 and is still going strong.!! Over a 50 year project life and reducing the  discount rate to 2.0% and increasing the utilisation rate raises the  BCR to 1.70.

The methodology applied in the CBA was stringent and conservative.

Nevertheless , from the first year of operations, the quantified benefits well exceed the costs of operating the proposed theatre.

View the detailed Cost Benefit Analysis here.


In 2018, the NSW State Government announced a grant of 7.4 million from the Regional Communities Development Fund towards the cost of building the Theatre.

Funds were released in February 2019.

Additional funding to complete the project will come from available funds of $200,000, community fund raising through tax-deductible donations, sponsorships and grants from government sources.

Construction Project Management

The Construction Sub-Committee of Twyford Hall Inc will oversee the project.

Construction project managers Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC) were appointed in April 2019.

Mr Richard Stuart is the theatre consultant on the fitout project and local lighting and sound technicians have also participated in the planning.

EOIs from potential builders closed on 19 June and building tenders closed in September. The winning bid by Monarch Building Solutions was announced in December 2019.

Construction FAQ

Please see our Construction FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about the building of the theatre and its impact on the rest of the venue.

We are seeking additional funding for this project

The Grant Funding will enable us to build the theatre building, but additional funds will enable us to complete the fitout as well as bring the hall up to the same technical standard.

If you would like to support Twyford Hall and benefit the Merimbula Community, please consider a tax-deductible donation (we are a registered DGR) or talk to us about sponsorship.

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