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11 Apr 2014

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced that the Perth Theatre Trust will manage the operations of His Majesty’s Theatre, the State Theatre Centre, Perth Concert Hall and Subiaco Arts Centre from January 1, 2015.

Mr Day said the State Government’s decision to bring the management of these venues ‘in-house’ would directly benefit Western Australian theatre goers and the performing arts sector.

"Much has changed for the arts in the 15 years since the agreement with AEG Ogden (Perth) Pty Ltd was established. The number and quality of our venues has increased, as has the number of resident arts companies," he said.

"The return of the Perth Theatre Trust as the operator of these venues will enhance the trust’s working relationship with its key stakeholder, the performing arts sector, creating a closer business partnership with resident companies and venue hirers.

"It will also provide the opportunity to increase the quantity and diversity of the performances on offer at these venues, ensuring the spaces are activated for key events such as Fringe and the Perth International Arts Festival.

"I thank the staff at AEG Ogden (Perth) for their service and commitment to the trust and the performing arts sector."

Under the new management model, food and beverage services at the venues will remain outsourced. The trust will begin the catering tender process soon.

The Government has also committed to manage the Albany Entertainment Centre for an additional year until June 30, 2015. The trust will continue to work with the City of Albany on the long-term management options for the venue.

The Minister confirmed it was business as usual at all venues and the transition phase would not impact ticketing and scheduled shows.

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