Goulburn's Performing Arts Centre will be a tremendous asset | Letter to the editor

Tempe Hornibrook (Goulburn Post, May 31) is wrong labelling the additions to the former Town Hall an abomination.

The upgrade, including upstairs seating, will bring essential new life into this heritage building and will help to protect it.

I doubt Ms Hornibrook’s suggestion staff who have left the Goulburn Mulwaree Council were attempting to overcome concerns about the performing arts centre.

I know of senior staff who have left who were strong supporters of the project.

If properly resourced, a new performing arts centre will be a tremendous asset, offering diverse entertainment in a community flooded with grog shops and under-nourished in the arts.

I’m sure Ms Hornibrook remembers the overwhelming support at a public meeting last year for a performing arts centre in the old town hall. 

I believe performing arts cause us to live longer and ward off stress-related illness. Singing and dancing and storytelling make us laugh and smile and fill us with joy and hope. That’s why we should embrace a performing arts centre in the heart of Goulburn.

John Thistleton, Sandringham VIC

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