MONASH University has thrown its support behind the plans for the $26 million theatre at the former Bendigo jail.
Monash Bendigo Regional Clinical School director Geoff Solarsh and senior operations manager Graham Allardice have sent a letter to local media congratulating the City of Greater Bendigo for the development.
“We read with excitement that City of Greater Bendigo approved the development of the Old Bendigo Gaol into a new theatre complex in conjunction with Bendigo Senior Secondary College,” the letter said.
“We would like to commend the council on the proposed development and believe that this will be a significant asset for the Greater Bendigo community.
“The vision of the council and college in creating this opportunity is to be commended and the benefits will be reaped for many years to come.
“We believe that this initiative, which will significantly enhance the cultural facilities and offerings in Bendigo, will help to attract many new residents to the city and to establish Bendigo as the premier regional Centre in Victoria.
“We congratulate the work achieved to get this far and look forward to seeing the vision brought to fruition.”
The plan could attract a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing, with five locals, including former mayor Daryl McClure, objecting to the plan for a series of reasons, including car parking.