A new all-weather outdoor performance space, greater accessibility and training opportunities for creative professionals will be delivered as part of the Latrobe Creative Precinct project, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Latrobe City Council representatives at the Latrobe Creative Precinct in Traralgon to reveal the addition to the $40 million project.

The Latrobe Creative Precinct is expected to create more than 200 jobs during construction and inject $59 million into the region’s economy, giving locals the chance to experience a range of creative experiences.

The new 750-seat, state-of-the-art theatre will be complemented with a $2 million boost for a new outdoor performance space to host a wide range of performances and events. The all-weather space will be equipped with power, lighting and projection facilities.

The outdoor areas will also be enhanced with landscaping and paving to better connect and activate the whole precinct.

A new accessible entry will be created at the original Performing Arts Centre, enhancing the connection between the buildings for all.

The old centre will be transformed to support its future use for creative industries training, offering new education and training opportunities for the region.

The Latrobe Creative Precinct project is jointly funded by local, State and Federal governments. Works commenced in 2019 and the project is scheduled to be completed in late 2021.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson

“This is a game-changing project for the Latrobe Valley – boosting the region’s economy.”

“A venue of this capacity means more music, theatre and performance for the region, and more jobs – that’s always a good thing.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas

“It’s fantastic to see the new Creative Precinct come to life, attracting new cultural and employment opportunities for the region.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Not only will this project help attract more fantastic touring artists and performances, it will boost our local creative community and offer the best creative education and training opportunities right here in Traralgon.”