Help Set Jetty Memorial Theatre’s Future Direction

Jetty Memorial Theatre

A Draft Strategy to guide the much-loved Jetty Memorial Theatre’s development and direction for the next five years is going on public display for community input from Friday, 25 June, until Sunday, 25 July 2021.

The Draft Jetty Memorial Theatre (JMT) Strategic Plan 2022-2026 includes goals, priorities and activities aimed at enhancing the services on offer at the venue and proposed capital improvements to meet anticipated increased community needs and industry trends.

“A recent survey of Theatre patrons showed that over 90% agreed with the statement that the JMT makes a contribution to their life that goes beyond the cost of a ticket, which underlines the prevailing view that the Theatre is a highly valued community venue,” said Enzo Accadia, Council’s Section Leader Community Programs.

“It is one of the only venues in Coffs Harbour to offer a regular series of performing arts-based shows and performances and the only one to be professionally programmed. It also offers a regular series of movie screenings, community arts organisations’ shows and commercial events.

“It plays a key role in promoting local and visitor connection, experience and appreciation for the performing arts industry, and is an important contributor to the local cultural and tourism economies.”

The key objectives of the Draft Strategic Plan are to:

  • Increase the overall use of the JMT.
  • Increase attendance at all events, activities and performances.
  • Increase the revenue from services offered including technical, ticketing and bar/kiosk.

The Draft Strategy explores the opportunities of the proposed expansion of the JMT to provide a new rehearsal/community space, workshop and a set assembly area for the building of theatrical sets. The expansion project would also provide an expanded kiosk and foyer, additional toilet and shower amenities and some additional car parking.

The $4.2m project has already been endorsed by Council to be made shovel-ready for future external funding opportunities.

People can view the Draft Strategy and supporting information at haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/jmt-strategic-business-plan-update where they can also provide their feedback. The submissions portal will be open until 25 July.

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