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Byron’s home of arts, cultural and community events, Byron Theatre, is set receive $260,000 in state funding to modernise the facilities and improve the experience for performers and patrons alike.

The works will see improved lighting and sound as well as a system to enable quick backdrop changes during shows.

There will also be new illuminated signage for the street frontage, an upgrade the bar area and additional toilets to end pre-performance and interval queues.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, said the upgrades ‘will ensure Byron Theatre remains centre stage in the local community’s arts scene, and can host arts, cultural and community events well into the future’.

‘It is the theatre of choice for the region’s many festivals and special events, including the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and the Byron Bay International Film Festival.’

The project is partly funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.

‘These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects,’ Mr Franklin said.

The remainder of the funding will come from the government’s Crown Reserve Improvement Fund Program.

 


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