CREATIVE HUB SECURES LOTTERY WEST SUPPORT
Pollinators Inc - Media Release: Lotterywest Funding Secured
Geraldton’s creative community receives more support for grassroots project in the CBD.
Lotterywest enabled the expansion of Geraldton’s own Creative Hub earlier this month. By granting $50 000 of funding to Pollinators Inc., this funding along with the funding pledged by Labor candidate Lara Dalton for $30,000 furfilled by the state government has made the purchase of amenities for CreativeHub possible.
The purchase of these facilities will mean that spaces within Creative Hub - from Headspace and ACDC to Yamaji Arts - can now be further activated. Larger events, festivals will be able to operate to council health standards more often and with ease. The team at The Comedy Emporium have worked for nearly 24 months, along with the Pollinators team to make this possible, and all users of CreativeHub are hugely grateful for the funding.
“This is like a push off from the starting block,” says Pollinators Spaces Lead Angie West, “from here we can really get the ball rolling, and bring Creative Hub to it’s full potential.” This particular part of the Geraldton CBD has been abandoned for over 30 years and we have a vision that CreativeHub will make our region's creative talent and industries more visible. A like-minded network of organisations, including Pollinators , ACDC, Headspace, Yamaji Arts and The Comedy Emporium, share a combined vision to shape the cultural identity of our community together. We are hugely appreciative of the support of the land owners also who support the vision.
The toilet blocks are transportable, meaning that if the Creative Hub space is ever relocated - the toilets can come too. The project will involve two units. One large unit to help increase the capacity of events in the space so that arts groups can have maximum attendance, and a second unit that will be a fully accessible toilet unit to ensure arts and cultural events are accessible to our whole community.
Once the toilets are installed, the Creative Hub space will be available for the whole of the Geraldton community to utilise, activating the space and bringing further vibrance to the West End. The next step for the progression of the Creative Hub, is getting the toilets into town. Transportation is needed from the site in Perth, electrical, plumbing and building trades are required for the installation, and beautification of the site. Supporters of the project are encouraged to contact Pollinators if they would like to offer their services or be of any assistance with the project.