Building A Stronger Regional Community In Foster

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a bigger, better and more accessible Arts and Community Theatre for Foster in south Gippsland.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today announced $50,000 for Foster Arts, Music and Drama Association to install new seating at Foster Community Theatre, so it can continue to be an important cultural and social hub for locals.

The current seating arrangements restrict the kind of events the theatre can hold, so the usage of the facility has reduced significantly over recent years.

With the installation of new retractable seating, the Foster Community Theatre will be a more flexible space that can accommodate a broader range of activities that include more people in the community.

Once the improvements are complete, the 13 community groups that use the venue will be better placed to raise money from their events and more people will be able to use and enjoy the hall.

Foster Community Theatre is the only venue of its kind within 40 kilometres which has the capacity to hold significant events and without the new tiered seating, the community would be forced to leave Foster to hold these events, which would make it harder for some members of the community to participate.

The Labor Government announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that boost the capability and liveability of regional and rural towns.

The Plan aims to support rural and regional towns attract families and young people by investing in community-led projects that make regional Victoria a better place to live and work.

Community groups, not for profit organisations, individual businesses, and industry alliances are all eligible to apply for funding for projects that will create stronger communities.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“This important grant will help breathe new life into the Foster Community Theatre so that more people can enjoy the facility now, and well into the future.”

“We know how important these upgrades are for the community and we’ve listened – because locals know best.”

“We’re working hand in hand with locals to build stronger regional communities.”