Funding boost for planned Muswellbrook Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre

A planned conference centre in the Hunter Valley has been given a funding boost from the NSW Government.

The Muswellbrook Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre project has been allocated $6.39 million in funding from a $17.5 million funding pool from the Resources for Regions program.

“This ambitious project, the Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre, is arguably the most important stage in the revitalisation of the Muswellbrook town centre and embodies a broader transformation of the Upper Hunter, as outlined in council’s Community Strategic Plan, as the region moves towards diversification the economy,” Muswellbrook council general manager Fiona Plesman told the Hunter Valley News.

“As the cornerstone of the civic services precinct the Centre will provide opportunities and facilities for creative industries and the community, cater for a performing arts program, community theatre and hire, conferences and commercial hire and feature individual and connected ‘green’ spaces to create a vibrant, diverse and active public space.”

The $24.5 million development includes a 400-seat theatre that can be used for both performances and conferences, a cafe, kitchen and an outdoor eating area.