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Performing arts centre fundraiser

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The Rural Centre of the World City of Wangaratta is ‘keeping the dream alive’ with it’s latest foray into fund raising.

Monday’s Chronicle reports that, “Naming rights (to the new Performing Arts Centre) can be bought for areas within the $7.6 million facility, including the theatre and the conference, green and dressing rooms.”

Hardly a Telstra Dome or an olympic venue! How could a country town performing arts centre attract ‘Naming Rights’? It doesn’t happen with the Sydney Opera House or other capital city performing arts venues. After all, this is a public building owned by the ratepayers and the community and has been funded by the federal government, the state government and the ratepayers of the RCoW.

Maybe they should auction these naming rights on eBay … there’s always someone out there that will buy a dud! I think it would raise more money.

Next, they will be looking to sell the naming rights to the proposed Whitfield Community Centre discussed in a previous post.

The Chronicle article continues … “One item which has already been struck off the “buyer’s list” is the new flat floor facility, which will be known as the memorial hall. The name aims to recognise the previous memorial town hall, which was demolished to make way for the performing arts centre, and to acknowledge the RSL.”

After ignoring a 6000 strong petition to save the Memorial Hall originally funded by the community, they pulled the bloody thing down to make way for this new building. I suspect that naming the flat space ‘the memorial hall’ will be recognised as the farce that it is.


Written by Greg Naylor

22 July 2008 at 8:40 am

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  1. I read that article too and I thought exactly the same as you did, Greg, How could a country town performing arts centre attract ‘Naming Rights’?.

    It’s not like Telstra, ANZ, AAMI or Optus would be as interested as they are with the naming rights on AFL footy grounds. There’s a big pay-off for them in those cases, it’s called a national TV & radio audience! That’s why they pay $millions for the rights. But how much publicity would there be for any corporation in having its name on the Wang Arts Centre? Bugger all.

    So it would seem to me that this offer would only attract local interest, but how much could you charge, say, ‘Hollywoods’ to have the centre called “The Hollywood Pizza Performing Arts Centre”? And how much would they be prepared to pay? What’s the point in the council ‘selling its soul’ for less than, say, $100,000 per year? But who would be prepared to pay that? The new sex shop maybe?

    There’s a thought, maybe it could be named, “The Wang Sex Performing Arts Centre”. The mind boggles.


    22 July 2008 at 11:15 am

  2. Let’s be a bit discretionary here, and just call it the “XXXX Performing Arts Centre”. Then everyone could at least pretend it was sponsored by Q’land beer.

    And another thing, Greg, whose dream is it anyway?


    22 July 2008 at 1:47 pm

  3. The dream belongs to the Council appointed steering committee and I believe their report and recommendation was accepted at last Tuesday’s council meeting.

    It is interesting to note that one of their members, Wendy Wilson, was the lady behind the Whitfield public meeting last Sunday promoting the idea if a $500,000 ‘Conference Centre, Performing Arts Venue for the Whitfield footy ground pavillion (See Whitfield’s Hidden Agenda post)

    I think it might be more appropriate for the Wan k g Sex Shop to sponsor the dressinging rooms with a display of intimate apparel up on the wall

    Greg Naylor

    22 July 2008 at 3:16 pm

  4. Maybe those good folk and protectors of Wang’s morals, ‘The Wang Wowsers’, should apply for the naming rights in order to spread their message that Wang is a no-shit, no-sex, God-fearing town of moral uprights. They could ask for some funding from the Vatican.


    22 July 2008 at 5:14 pm

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