Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Should there be an Arts and Cultural Precinct at Jacksons Hill?

Article By Barry Kennedy of the Sunbury Leader
The former Victoria University site at Jacksons Hill could be transformed into an arts and cultural ­precinct. 

Photo property of McClure Law

State Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced $30,000 towards ­investigating the concept, which would regenerate the former site of the Sunbury asylum.

An $80,000 feasibility study in Hume Council’s 2014/15 draft budget, which councillors will decide whether to place on public exhibition tonight, adds to the Government’s commitment.

Mr Guy, who also announced a $30,000 contribution to investigating a Global Learning Centre for Sunbury, said the contributions were part of the Government’s planning blueprint, Plan Melbourne.

“With an anticipated 71,000 more people moving to the Sunbury/Diggers Rest area by 2050, it is vital that we continue to invest early in our growing communities to make sure residents can easily access important local services and facilities,” Mr Guy said.

“This important funding for the people of Hume and its neighbours includes $30,000 toward plans to transform part of the former Victoria University Sunbury campus into a bustling community arts and cultural precinct.

“This historical site has the potential to become a huge drawcard for visitors and a wonderful meeting place for residents, as well as community and not-for-profit groups.”

Community groups such as 3NRG community radio and the Boilerhouse Theatre Group have been long-term tenants at the campus, but have remained in the dark over the long-term ­future of the site.

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