David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Funds flow to help restore the iconic Royal Theatre Winton

June 25, 2021

The Royal Theatre in Winton is set to become the cultural epicentre of outback Queensland thanks in part to a $20,000 Federal Government grant to restore the building, Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced today.

“This is great news for the Winton community who have worked hard to preserve the Royal Theatre over many years,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Royal Theatre is an iconic piece of Winton’s history and one of the few remaining open-air theatres still operating in Australia, so I am proud to secure $20,000 for Winton Movies Inc to support the theatre’s restoration.

“This additional funding will support the installation of a new climate and dust controlled bio box to house all of the audio and visual equipment at the Royal Theatre, complimenting other restoration efforts including new cinema sling seats, floor coverings, and moulding and plastering of walls.

“The restoration of the theatre will give the local economy a boost and support local jobs by bringing new audiences and events to Winton and the outback, and contribute to a more vibrant and viable community.

“I’m a firm believer in bringing people together and improving community services across Maranoa because it has a positive flow-on effect on our quality of life and how we support each other – restoring the Winton Theatre reflects this.

“Regional communities are the heart of this country and I want to make sure that small capital projects are funded and the community gets exactly what it needs.”

Round 6 of the Stronger Communities Programme has seen $150,000 in Federal Government funding made available to Maranoa community groups. 14 projects across Maranoa were funded in this round.

Project grants range from $2500 to $20,000 to help bolster rural communities.