NSW upper house candidate PJ Collins has committed to support funding of a performing arts centre in Gosford should he be elected to the Legislative Council.
“I will also push for a Creative and Performing Arts High School to be established on the Central Coast to provide specialised training for the Coast’s most talented students,” Mr Collins said. “I will push Central Coast councils to revisit their development controls, building code requirements for noise abatement and liquor licensing rules, to help encourage more community friendly live music venues. “I will work with the councils, Newcastle University and local TAFEs to open their unused properties for the use of live performance and/or rehearsal spaces for local musicians,” he said. Arts Party member and Central Coast representative, Ms Victoria ‘Fi’ Hopkins, said she has been part of the arts community from a young age. “I made my debut on the Laycock Street Theatre stage with the opening of Gosford Musical Society Juniors as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, then set off, backpacker style, overseas for the past 14 years travelling, studying and working. “It’s lovely to now be based back on the Central Coast, as there is no place like home. “I’m extremely excited to see what we, as one of the highly regarded regional areas in the state and nationally, can further bring to the discussion, as there is already a thriving, inspiring and edgy art collective here on the Central Coast,” she said. The first Central Coast meeting for the Arts Party will be held at the Gosford Railway Café, Platform 2, Gosford Station on Friday, March 27.
16 Mar 2015
PJ Collins, The Arts Party
16 Mar 2015
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