A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $3 million to help breathe new life into the much-loved Roxy Theatre in Leeton.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said restoring the 90-year-old Leeton Landmark would have significant benefits for the community as well as local and visiting artists.

“These marvellous old theatres were once the heartbeat of regional towns, and this restoration project will ensure the Roxy can transform into a state-of-the-art performing arts and civic centre,” The Deputy Prime Minister said.

Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said the Roxy Theatre is an iconic heritage listed building which is treasured by the community.

“It’s a place the community fought hard to save from demolition in the 1970’s, and this project will ensure its future is even more secure,” Minister Ley said.

“The redevelopment will make it a home for the Roxy Institute of Performing Arts, nurturing local talent and encouraging our young to pursue performance art as well as technical and production skills.

“It will also unlock potential partnerships with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Australian Chamber of Music as a regional training hub.”

“This sort of community development funding is incredibly important to local communities and again demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to rural Australia and the regional economy.”

Only the Morrison-Joyce Government will continue to deliver a better future for Farrer as part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.