Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre a hub for culture and the arts
Arts and cultural activities throughout the Shire of Harvey are set to expand within the next two years with a varied program of events currently in the pipeline.
The Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre was successful in obtaining $160,000 from the State Government’s In the House funding to deliver an expanded program of activity at the Centre.
Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre Manager David Marshall said attendance at their shows increased from 900 people to more than 6000 people in the past two years and this had allowed them to apply for further grant funding to leverage their programming.
“This funding will give us the opportunity to take our programming to a whole new level and engage the community on a broader scale,” Mr Marshall said.
“We will be able to continue running our feel good tribute shows and we will also be able to expand into artist in residence programs that will engage local groups and organisations.
“These sorts of cultural activities have long lasting benefits in the community and allow local stories to be told, inspiring our residents to be part of something and feel connected to the place they live.”
Shire of Harvey President Paul Gillett said the Centre was a key part of the cultural fabric of the community and an important place to bring people together.
“Whether it is for a social night out with friends to enjoy a good show and a meal or where people can come together to be inspired by local performing arts, the cultural aspect of the centre is vital to the health and wellbeing of our community,” Cr Gillett said.
“I am pleased that Council can continue to support such an important part of our Shire and look forward to seeing the program of events rolled out over the next two years.”
The program of events will be advertised on the Shire’s website and the Centre’s website where bookings can be made for each event.