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Thursday, 11 October 2018

NEW CREATIVE INDUSTRIES HUB FOR CASTLEMAINE

Castlemaine is well on its way to being home to a new creative industries hub, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government. Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West, today announced $500,000 for The Castlemaine State Festival to create modern, flexible office space within the historic Castlemaine Goods Shed building in the station precinct, Castlemaine. The new office space will accommodate creative, not-for-profit organisations, small and micro-businesses, with the intention of building a creative industries hub in the town. There has already been considerable interest in leasing space in the new development which will also be home to the Castlemaine State Festival. The new space will feature offices, break out areas and shared facilities, as well as retaining a large space that can accommodate performances and exhibitions. Creative industries is a significant employment and growth sector for Castlemaine with the creative business sector in the town accounting for nearly a fifth of businesses. The $500,000 grant for the Castlemaine Goods Shed Creative Industries Hub comes from the Victorian Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which is investing in projects that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business. The project, which will cost a total of almost $1 million, has also secured funding to date from Mount Alexander Shire Council and through fundraising. “We are proud to support the creation of a creative industries hub in the Castlemaine Goods Shed. It’s about breathing new and creative life into this historic building, and bringing new opportunities to the town.” “This investment will make a real difference to small creative organisations and businesses in this area. It will help them grow their businesses and should generate more jobs in Castlemaine.” “We’re listening and delivering for communities in Mount Alexander Shire and right across regional Victoria.”

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