Funds for Her Majesty's Theatre restoration sought from both sides of state politics

The City of Ballarat has asked both sides of state politics to put aside funding in the election year for the restoration of Her Majesty’s Theatre. 

Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

Opposition spokesman for the arts Martin Foley said he had met with the City of Ballarat and Her Majesty’s Theatre board for a tour of the facility on Wednesday. 

“The City of Ballarat is seeking $7 million for its next stage of restoration,” Mr Foley said. 

“We’ll take that back and have a look at it and see what the budget allows for in this area.”

The call comes after the City of Ballarat released its Regional Capital Plan last December. 

The council has listed the $29.2 million redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre as a priority project. 

City of Ballarat general manager city strategy Natalie Reiter said the council had asked both sides of politics for funding. 

“The Regional Capital Plan lists a $28 million request to undertake all of the refurbishment that the theatre requires,” Ms Reiter said. 

“We were asked by both sides of government to break that $28 million down.”

Ms Reiter said $7 million would refurbish the auditorium – $1 million to replace the seats and flooring and $6 million to help restore the theatre’s roof and improve disability access. 

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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