Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced Twyford Theatre Incorporated will receive a $7.4 million grant from the Regional Cultural fund to build the Theatre Twyford by the Sea. The announcement was made in Twyford Hall with Deputy Premier John Barilaro and following a presentation of a scene from Aladdin Jr by the Spectrum Theatre Group on Friday 25th May 2018.
This is the full grant that we applied for last year. We do not have any more details at the moment but expect to start negotiations next week with the NSW government Officials which will lead to a contract locking in the grant by the end of next month. the committee will then call for tenders and all going well we hope to start construction by the end of the year.
Yesterday Bill Deveril, President of Twyford Hall Incorporated told Ministers Barilaro and Constance:
‘Today is truly brilliant news for Merimbula and South East NSW – we thank your government and particularly our local member Andrew Constance who has encouraged us and supported us in this project. this region has a vibrant community arts scene which will now grow even stronger with your announcement making the dream of a professional standard theatre in our region a reality. The Theatre Twyford will lift the live theatre and music community here to new levels of involvement and enthusiasm. It will provide the stage for professional touring circuits which at the moment do not come here. Twyford Hall has long been the heart of Merimbula and that heart will beat stronger when the new theatre is built alongside the current hall’
Frankie J Holden OAM, our Ambassador at large sent a message of congratulations:
‘This is a wonderful project for the entire Bega Valley Shire. It will revolutionise and enrich our lives in so many ways: strengthening and deepening our local arts and performance scene, bringing world class Australian and International performers, helping the vital tourism industry and of course providing jobs. It is a great tribute to the dreamers who envisioned the concept, and to the persistence and hard work of many locals who never gave up on the dream. Not forgetting the advice, support and council of Andrew Constance and his team, who have helped shepherd the project to fruition. It’s been a real team effort, just like any showbiz production. As I’ve heard in many a movie: “Let’s put on a show”!!’
The committee meets next week and we expect to have more to report after that. In the meantime you can go to our face book page or Merimbula News Weekly has posted a story on https://www.merimbulanewsweekly.com.au
Twyford Hall Incorporated 26 May 2018