• JON WOLFE

Infrastructure improvements at Quirindi's Royal Theatre completed

Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of infrastructure improvements at Quirindi’s heritage listed Royal Theatre.

“Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Council has been able to continue rolling out infrastructure projects. This project provided a welcome stimulus to the local economy during these difficult times for local contractors,” he said.

“A new internal kitchenette including benches, cupboards, power and lighting, will enable better use of the Royal Theatre facilities by improving the capacity for onsite catering. Additionally, a new spiral staircase has been installed to provide safer access to the projector/control room for staff and volunteers,” he continued.

“The Royal is used for a wide range of purposes, from movies to live stage shows, weddings, banquets, comedy festivals, concerts and events for all age groups. It is a community hub utilised by local organisations and service groups for meetings and guest speakers, for High School performances and presentations, art shows as well as conferences.

“The Theatre is a valuable asset for a rural community. These improvements will further enhance its ability to attract and cater for even more events. At a grass roots level such a facility is part of the glue which binds the community together, plus there’s the bonus of it’s role as an economic driver,” he said.

“A $101,970 investment, with funding obtained from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program, has facilitated these improvements being undertaken. On behalf of Council I thank member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, who supported our application for funding for this initiative,” Councillor Hope concluded.


Photo: (From left to right) LPSC Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM, Doug Hawkins OAM, local contractor Tim Hoswell, Deputy Mayor Paul Moules, Mayor Andrew Hope and Councillor Virginia Black discussing the newly completed project at the Royal Theatre.