Photography Jess Bialek
On 26 September 2012, the Victorian Government announced that it would provide a $10 million low interest loan for The Australian Ballet’s Production Centre in Altona. It’s estimated that this will save the company $2 million in fees and interest.
The Premier of Victoria, Mr Ted Baillieu, joined Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean and Attorney-General and Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon at the announcement and acknowledged the Federal Government’s $2 million contribution to the project.
“The Australian Ballet is a Victorian-based Australian icon. Over the last half a century it has grown to become one of the largest performing arts companies in the country and one of the most hard-working ballet companies in the world. As well as exquisite dance, Australian Ballet productions are known for their astonishing costumes, scenery and props which are all made in Australia by specialist artisans and technicians,” Mr Baillieu said.
“The Australian Ballet has been an important part of Australia’s cultural life for the last 50 years. This new facility will be a wonderful birthday present that will transform the way the company works – both on and off stage – for the next 50 years and beyond.”