Lithgow’s Blast Furnace Park is set to become the home of outdoor entertainment following yesterday’s announcement by Deputy Premier, Paul Toole MP of $415,000 for a permanent performance stage and lighting under Round Five of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.
“The Blast Furnace is unique to Lithgow and a major tourism draw card. This iconic setting is a magnificent backdrop for our annual lighting festival, Lithglow” said Mayor Statham “The addition of a permanent performance stage and lighting will enable the public to use this space for outdoor theatre and concerts”.
“Lithgow’s creative sector is growing, and Council recognises the need to provide infrastructure and opportunities to help it thrive” noted Mayor Statham.
“Council has been working in partnership with APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office to upskill the local music industry as part of the Lithgow Live & Local Program” said General Manager, Craig Butler. “The Council has also recently completed major renovations to the Union Theatre and held the first Opera Gala event.”
A thriving cultural sector will not only attract visitors to the area, but create opportunities to grow the community, making Lithgow a great place to live and work. Tourism, creative industries and entertainment are all part of Lithgow’s economic future and I welcome this funding announcement” concluded Mayor Statham.