Georges River Council has provided the Shopfront Arts Co-op with a short-term licence for its temporary relocation to 23-29 Treacy Street, Hurstville.
Shopfront will operate out of Hurstville for up to a 30 week period, while Shopfront’s existing site at Carlton undergoes a $2 million upgrade.
The relocation has been supported through Council’s Community Lease Program and will ensure minimal disturbance to Shopfront’s operations, with the arts cooperative continuing to offer arts and cultural youth programs.
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that Council is committed to supporting youth services in the Georges River area and encouraging artistic development in youth.
“I am pleased to continue Council’s strong relationship with the Shopfront Arts Co- op, which has been supporting creative and cultural development of young people in the Georges River community for over 40 years,” Councillor Greene said.
“Shopfront is a local institution, providing a range of programs for several art forms including performance, filmmaking, writing and theatre.
“The upgrades to Shopfront’s Carlton premises will allow it to support an additional 1,160 young people each year, so that more young people can benefit from developing their creativity, confidence and communication skills.”
Council has a longstanding relationship with Shopfront, with the not-for-profit receiving $20,000 from Stage 1 of Council’s 2018-2019 Community Grants Program, to develop and present a new work at Hurstville Entertainment Centre as part of the 2019 Sydney Fringe Festival.
Council supports local not-for-profit organisations through its Community Lease Program. An open Expression of Interest process will be promoted to these organisations for the long-term ongoing use of the Treacy Street property following Shopfront’s temporary tenancy of the site.