Bega Valley Shire Council will go out to tender for the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG) redevelopment and expansion at its current site in the first half of August.
Gallery Director Iain Dawson said the redevelopment will elevate the 30-year-old facility to contemporary exhibition standards, and significantly expand the exhibition space from 180m² to 290m².
“This project represents an all-round positive return on investment for the Bega Valley community,” Mr Dawson said.
“Besides the obvious social and cultural benefits, the larger Gallery will generate significant economic benefits through increased tourist visitation and the additional expenditure that flows from that, to accommodation, cafes and restaurants and other tourist attractions.
“This has been estimated at $3.4 million per year.
“Then we have the localised benefits, which include increased participation in cultural activities, better mental health and wellbeing, community cohesion and improved educational outcomes.”
The redeveloped Gallery will comprise two exhibition spaces and one workshop/project space available for hire and house a small gallery shop.
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