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Transforming Melbourne's Arts Precinct

Our State’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital will be permanently cemented, with a $1.4 billion investment to transform Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.

Melbourne Arts Centre

As an investment it will help drive our State’s recovery, bringing visitors from interstate and overseas, creating thousands of Victorian jobs and giving families a new public place to enjoy. This investment includes:

  • Developing a new stand-alone National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary with a focus on contemporary art and design.
  • Creating a 18,000 square metre immersive public garden – a space for all Victorians to enjoy, with outdoor performances, public art, cafes and restaurants.
  • Supporting critical upgrades for the Arts Centre Melbourne to improve visitor and audience experience.
  • Building shared infrastructure that will serve all the facilities in the precinct more efficiently.

The project will support an estimated 5,000 jobs in construction and support more than 200 new ongoing jobs in Victoria’s creative sector when complete.

This Budget also provides $220 million to further support the creative sector, including a $21 million screen industry recovery plan.

Up to $35 million will help build and upgrade creative spaces in regional communities, driving tourism and supporting local jobs.

Media release

Backing Australia's Cultural Capital And The Jobs It Creates

Reviewed 24 November 2020

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