Camperdown's Royal Theatre is set for a fresh new look

Camperdown’s iconic theatre will be given the right royal treatment after receiving $108,000 for a makeover.

The funding allows work to begin on a planned $1 million upgrade of the historic Royal Theatre which will be completed in stages.

The Federal Government allocation, along with funding from other sources, brings the total amount for the first stage to more than $200,000 and will be used to upgrade sound, lighting and seating. Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the project would return the multi-use venue to its former glory with the installation of new sound systems, sound absorption treatments, the front of house lighting, projection equipment as well as new tables and seating.

Camperdown celebrates after member for Wannon announces $108,000 to kick-start stage one of the Theatre Royal's upgrade.

Camperdown celebrates after member for Wannon announces $108,000 to kick-start stage one of the Theatre Royal's upgrade.

Mr Tehan said the money, which had been allocated under the Building Better Regions Fund, was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term.

“This is a wonderful outcome for the Camperdown community,” he said.

“This project will have major flow-on benefit increasing the number and type of arts and cultural offerings in Camperdown and the ability to market the venue for conferences and events.” 

Corangamite Shire Council mayor Jo Beard said the upgrade had been jointly funded by the council, Mercy Regional College, St Patrick’s Primary School, the Camperdown Theatre Company and an allocation through the Camperdown community plan. She said they were still awaiting state government funding for stage one.

“The facility is the hub for arts and culture in the shire and through this upgrade we will see increased performances at the theatre leading to economic benefits and jobs for both the town and the shire,” Cr Beard said.