Victoria spending $170m on arts sector

The Victorian government will spend another $170 million to revive the state’s creative arts sector.

The money will include funding towards a major redevelopment of the Geelong arts centre, with a new 500 seat theatre and a second 250 seat theatre.

“The last 12 months has been incredibly hard on everyone, but particularly our creative arts sector,” the acting Premier James Merlino told the media on Tuesday.

There will also be $33 million for the Melbourne Museum to develop a “Gondwana Garden” and a Triceratops gallery, which will house a 67 million year old Triceratops, billed as the world’s most complete dinosaur fossil.

Another $4.5 million will go to suburban and regional creative hubs, including Emporium Creative Hub Bendigo and Brunswick Design District.

About $10 million will go to the live music industry to support restarting live concert tours.

The statewide package is expected to create about 20,000 jobs.

The government unveiled a $190 million four-year package for the screen industry on Monday, which it says should support another 40,000 jobs.

The Geelong Arts Centre development is slated to be finished in 2023.

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