Senator Payne delivers $380,000 funding for Penrith Regional Gallery

Monday, 24 July 2017

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne has welcomed confirmation of $380,000 in Coalition government funding for the installation of air conditioning and geothermal heatpumps at Penrith Regional Gallery.  

"The project will facilitate the replacement and installation of air conditioning at Lewers House, Anchor House, Main Gallery, Office, Picture Storeroom and Workshops 1 & 2. This includes the installation of a geothermal loop; supply and installation of geothermal heatpumps and supply and installation of a critical room air conditioning unit," Senator Payne said.

"This funding is enabling the purchase of vitally important technology which will allow new and unique artwork sensitive to the weather to be shown in the region," said Senator Payne, who is a local supporter of the gallery. 

"I am pleased to be delivering this project which will benefit the arts community in Penrith and across the wider community and I am proud to be seeing it to fruition. This was an election commitment in 2016 and the Turnbull government is delivering on those commitments," Senator Payne said.

Penrith Mayor John Thain said today that he welcomed the grant and thanked the Senator and the Federal Government for their contribution to Lewers Gallery which is a cultural icon in NSW.

Penrith Regional Gallery Director Dr Lee-Anne Hall also welcomed the funding.

"The grant for the purpose of installing climate control air-conditioning at the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest will ensure our collection and exhibited artworks are kept and maintained in industry standard conditions, without suffering the effects of fluctuating temperature and humidity," Dr Hall said.

"The grant recognises the commitment of Penrith City Council to maintaining the highest professional standards in the management of this major community asset."

The Coalition Government is investing in the project, and the funding recipient Penrith City Council is managing its delivery.

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