Extensions to boost art gallery visitors
By PETER CATON
MORE than 60,000 people are expected to visit Murwillumbah's Tweed River Art Gallery once current extensions valued at $1.2 million are completed.
That equates to an increase of nearly 10,000 visitors per year for the extraordinarily successful gallery.
NSW National Party Senator Sandy Macdonald yesterday described the gallery as one of the best in regional Australia.
Senator Macdonald yesterday inspected building work on the extensions.
This work has been partly funded by a federal government grant.
"Tweed River Art Gallery was granted $143,000 through the Australian Government's Regional Partnerships program in 2005," Senator McDonald said.
"I have been eager to see how the extensions have progressed, which is why I made the trip."
The funds, granted to the Tweed Shire Council, have assisted in covering costs for a range of materials including concrete, masonry and electrical services in the building.
These extensions include an extra exhibits gallery, a large storeroom and an additional 25 carparking spaces.
According to council, work on the extensions are currently ahead of schedule.
"When these extensions are complete, it's hoped the number of visits to the gallery will increase to 60,000 a year," Senator Macdonald said.
Tweed River Art Gallery is also considered one of the most picturesque in the country, featuring stunning views of the Tweed Valley and Mt Warning.
Earlier yesterday, the Senator visited the Burringbar School of Arts hall, which is to be further renovated with the assistance of a $27,070 federal grant.
Senator Macdonald said the grant provided funds to help renovate the stage area, paint the hall ceiling, purchase and fit new sound and lighting, and provide external paving and landscaping improvements.