Castlemaine Art Museum will receive $6 million for renovations | Bendigo Advertiser


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Greater collaboration with traditional owners and improved accessibility are just a few projects that can finally move forward after the Castlemaine Art Museum received $6 million in funding in the Victorian state budget on Tuesday . Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards visited the museum on Thursday to make the announcement with museum director Naomi Cass. Ms. Cass said the museum would undertake several improvement projects with the multi-million dollar funding. “Disability access is absolutely vital,” she said. “Of course, there will also be repairs to the exterior of the building and improvements to the air conditioning. This means the museum can take the next step.” Read more: The funding will be used to complete stage one work to improve security at the museum and to undertake planning and design work for stage two. Ms Cass said the ultimate goal was to attract more visitors to central Victoria. “If you look at the program of exhibitions that are already on the calendar, it’s quite remarkable,” she said. “We are also very keen to pursue a greater relationship with our local First Nations group – the Dja Dja Wurrung. Castlemaine Art Museum.” Maree Edwards said the tourism it would bring “would be a game-changer”. she said. Read more: Ms Edwards said climate control issues at the museum meant they had been limited in the exhibits they could bring to the area. “It means they will be able to have more exhibits, more storage space and above all: access for people with disabilities,” she said. Access to the Castlemaine Art Museum is currently not permitted for people in wheelchairs or with wanderings ers. “It’s a very significant upgrade for that, which will add additional facilities, but most of the funding at this stage is to improve what’s already there.” Ms Edwards said funding discussions with the state government began nearly two years ago. “It has taken some time, but the reality is that working with the board and trustees has been key to coming up with a plan to find out exactly what is needed to get the gallery back to a state where it can give. access to everyone and improve the outdoors,” she says. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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