MEMBER for Monaro and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro yesterday (Thursday, January 31) visited Queanbeyan Art Society to announce funding of $71,250 for a major regiment renovation to the cottage.
“Our local artists capture Queanbeyan in a way that few other can… providing local artists with a space where they can focus on the work is a great achievement,” Mr Barilaro said.
He said the funding would be used to enclose the existing pergola, re-floor the area to transfer it into a new gallery room, enlarge the boundary fence and create a better public entrance with a disabled access ramp.
With more than 350 members in the Queanbeyan area, the thriving society hopes the expansion will cement the place of the cottage gallery under the bridge as a local focal point.
Society president Barry Cranston said members were thrilled by yesterday’s announcement.