Byron’s home of arts, cultural and community events, Byron Theatre, will benefit from $260,000 of NSW Government funding to modernise the facilities.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the upgrades would improve the experience for performers and patrons alike.

“The works will see improved lighting and sound as well as a system to enable quick backdrop changes during shows,” Mr Franklin said.

“They will also install illuminated signage for the street frontage, upgrade the bar area and construct new toilet accommodation designed to end pre-performance and interval toilet queues,” he said.

“This exciting project will ensure Byron Theatre remains centre stage in the local community’s arts scene, and can host arts, cultural and community events well into the future.

“It is the theatre of choice for the region’s many festivals and special events, including the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and the Byron Bay International Film Festival.”

Mr Franklin said the project was partly funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.

“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects,” Mr Franklin said.

They are also funded through the Government’s Crown Reserve Improvement Fund Program.

“I am delighted that the NSW Government can assist the Byron Theatre to undergo these upgrades to become an even more iconic creative hub for our community,” Mr Franklin said.