THE historic Her Majesty’s Theatre will be governed by a new board of management under a plan considered by Ballarat City Council this week.
A review of the Lydiard Street theatre’s management and governance will take place in coming months, with an expression of interest process to call for new community representatives on the board.
A report prepared by business development co-ordinator Daniel Henderson said only one of the council-nominated board positions is currently occupied, with councillor Cheryl Bromfield serving as chairperson of the board.
It calls for a public process to promote participation in Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre, with the expectation that a new operating structure will see an eight-person board in operation.
“Under the provisions of the agreement between council and the Royal South Street Society, the RSSS is able to nominate four representatives to participate in the board,” the report says.
Councillors approved the appointments of Royal South Street representatives Peter Zala, Ron Harrington, Sarah Edwards and Michael Porter to the current board with Tim Gay and Peter Morey representing other user groups.
Opened in 1875, the theatre presents an annual season of touring professional and local productions, and is regularly hired for tours, concerts and conferences.
Her Majesty’s has been owned and operated by the City of Ballarat since 1987 and functions as one of Ballarat’s best-used performing arts centres.
Councillors will approve new nominations to the board in coming months.