RESTORING A BALLARAT ICON FOR THE FUTURE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will help restore Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat to her former glory, contributing to major upgrades and urgent repairs.

Her Majesty’s Theatre opened in 1875 and is not only a beloved icon of Ballarat, it’s one of the oldest theatres in Australia, representing the opulence of the 19th century goldfields era.

Heritage sites are a major attraction for rural and regional Victoria, with 1.9 million people visiting state-listed heritage sites every year, with more than half international visitors.

As home to local musicals, dance recitals and school concerts, Her Majesty’s Theatre is a Ballarat icon – but after 143 years, urgent repairs are needed.

Labor will invest $10 million towards a $22.3 million upgrade, which includes the restoration of all walls, ceilings and floors, the installation of lifts at the back and front-of-house, automation of the orchestra pit, better dressing rooms and the extension and improvement of foyer spaces.

A Ballarat contractor was recently appointed to begin the emergency conservation and structural repair works to the 143-year-old landmark. This work includes reinforcing and remediating the roof’s structural trusses, demolition and reconstruction of the stage, internal guttering, drainage and damp remediation works and plaster repair works.

The Ballarat City Council has committed $5.3 million to the project and Heritage Victoria has committed $2 million. Labor is calling on the Federal Government to provide $5 million to allow this vital project to be completed. If this funding is provided, we would expect that the theatre will be repaired, restored and once again open for business by 2020.

This builds on the $30 million investment the Andrews Labor Government made in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to restore heritage buildings, the largest financial boost from a state government into Victoria’s heritage sites.

The funding was used for conservation works and for community heritage grants for buildings across Victoria.

Only Labor will protect our state’s most significant buildings for the future and bring this iconic theatre back to life.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Her Majesty’s is irreplaceable, and we want to restore it to its former glory, to make sure that the next generation can enjoy this beautiful theatre for decades to come.”

“The local candidates have fought incredibly hard on behalf of their communities to fix Her Majesty’s, and I thank them for their tireless work in bringing this to fruition.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“As a mum of girls who love to sing and dance, I know how special it is for them to perform at Her Maj. Labor will ensure that future generations of performers can continue to tread the boards of this Ballarat treasure.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Buninyong Michaela Settle

“We know that this beautiful theatre needs urgent repairs and only Labor will once again open its doors to performers, patrons and visitors.”