Burnie Arts & Function Centre recognised for good practice

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Burnie Arts & Function Centre has been recognised for good practice at the Tasmanian Australia Business Arts Foundation’s AbaF Awards due to their partnership with local business, Wellers Inn.

Each year the AbaF Awards honour the finest relationships between the private sector and the arts in the areas of partnering, volunteering, access and giving. It is a chance for business to show innovative thinking through their support for the arts and for the arts to showcase best practice in partnering with the private sector.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “Recognition of this kind is a big deal for the Burnie Arts & Function Centre. Burnie is recognised now as a cultural hub, where once we really lacked. We often now attract international acts. It’s truly amazing to see the variety and standard we have at our Centre particularly for a regional area.”

Director of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre Mr Greg Leong was thrilled that the Centre was recognised for its partnership with local business Wellers Inn.

“Wellers Inn is extremely generous with their support. They provide free accommodation to our artists, curators and other guests of the Centre and Gallery. This really helps with reducing the costs when we arrange for touring performers to perform in Burnie.

“Each year we are blown away by the amount of people who subscribe to our season. Our numbers are growing each year, we are finding it easier to attract performances and we are seeing people visit us who haven’t in a long time and coming back again.

“Being recognised for good practice in the AbaF Awards gives our staff acknowledgement that we are doing well and making a cultural difference in our region,” Mr Leong said.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net