Federal cash kicks along Cairns gallery vision
The project will include the design of a new Indigenous Art Gallery as well as transforming and connecting three heritage-listed buildings – the Cairns Art Gallery, the Old Court House and the former Mulgrave Shire Council offices.
Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning said the federal funding would allow council to proceed with the next phase of this project, the restoration of the former Mulgrave Shire building, which would complement the recently refurbished Court House and the Cairns Gallery.
He said council would also commit $10 million towards the project’s overall $30 million cost.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the project was expected to generate $60 million for Cairns businesses during construction and create more than 30 jobs.
“Once operational, the Cairns Gallery Precinct is expected to inject more than $20 million into the economy each year and support 90 jobs,” he said.
“This project is critical as we continue our economic recovery following the pandemic.
“Furthermore, this world-class precinct will be a major driver for both domestic and international visitors to our city and region.”
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had committed $100 million over two years to fund projects in regional Australia under the Regional Recovery Partnerships program.
Regional Recovery Partnerships was established to coordinate investments with all levels of government to support recovery and growth in 10 regions across the nation, including Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, to deliver jobs and economic diversification.
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