Port Fairy’s Streets And Theatre Set For A Makeover

03 May 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in streetscape improvements in Port Fairy and will upgrade the Reardon Theatre so even more locals and visitors can enjoy one of our most picturesque towns.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford visited Port Fairy today to announce $500,000 for streetscape improvements to Bank Street and a $292,000 upgrade for the Reardon Theatre.

The historic village of Port Fairy is one of Victoria’s most popular towns for tourists, attracting visitors year-round.

The streetscape works will revitalise Bank Street – the town’s main restaurant strip – with new seats, bike racks and gutters, and bluestone footpaths to match the paving in Sackville Street.

The works will make Bank Street more attractive and create space that may be used for al fresco dining and outdoor trading.

The upgrades to Reardon Theatre will make it more functional for event organisers and more comfortable for patrons, with improvements to accessibility, safety, and seating suitability.

The works involve:

  • removal of the underfloor asbestos that will make way for the new plumbing and ventilation
  • installation of the new ventilation system that will also heat and cool fresh air coming in to the theatre
  • alteration of the existing foyer area to provide for an accessible toilet
  • removal of 1950’s seating and installation of new seating.

The project will save the building from falling into disrepair and increase its usage by the Port Fairy Film Society, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy Jazz Festival and Spring Music Festival.

Once the upgrades are delivered, the theatre is expected to be used for a broader range of events, which will further contribute to the economic sustainability of the venue.

Right across the state, the Labor Government is investing in initiatives that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“Port Fairy is one of my favourite places and a destination for foodies, surfers and folkies alike. The Bank Street project will breathe new life into the town.”

“We’re delighted to support the upgrade of Reardon Theatre so it can continue to host the events that contribute to Port Fairy’s charm and drive the local economy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney

“Port Fairy’s iconic festivals inject around $25 million every year into the local economy, so it is important to keep public and event infrastructure in great condition so they continue to attract visitors and generate income. “

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