Greens Want Centre for Fremantle Performing Arts

Greens MLC and spokesperson for the Arts and Culture Lynn MacLaren says the Greens will seek all party support to establish a Performing Arts Community Centre for Perth’s Port City.

The initiative is in response to the erosion of arts facilities over the past few years and in recognition of the key role that arts plays in vibrant urban centres.

“Fremantle’s own Harbour Theatre is being moved out of rented theatre space for the second time in three years, with nowhere to go. Fremantle nearly lost the WA Circus School last year when negotiations over their lease at the old Customs House in Phillimore Street were looking shaky. Regular dance groups hire the Sullivan Hall, which is an unlined asbestos shed with no air-conditioning, owned by the Education Department,” said Ms MacLaren.

“Long regarded as a City with a high population of artists, the City of Fremantle does not have a performing and rehearsal venue that can house theatre, circus and dance groups. The old Aircraft hangar was converted temporarily to the Fly By Night Club as a music venue in the mid-1980s, and it is still the largest performance venue in the City.

“Theatre and Circus companies need long-term accommodation with sufficient building height for lighting, sets and aerial work. Meanwhile, two rare and eminently suitable properties in Fremantle have been left empty for the last three years – the Old Beacon Theatre on Hampton Road, and the World of Energy in Parry Street. These venues are on the market.

“The Greens will advocate for funding in this year’s state budget for a performing arts centre for Fremantle’s arts community,” said Ms MacLaren.

Photo: Pamela Cattalini, Patron of the Harbour Theatre, presenting a book to Lynn at the Harbour Theatre 50th Anniversary Dinner/Dance.


Photo:Lynn with Nicola Bond, President of the Harbour Theatre.