Sydney Theatre Company - July 2009
On Sunday 12 July 2009, the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong and the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett announced $1.2 million in funding for Sydney Theatre Company on Walsh Bay, Sydney Harbour, from the Green Precincts Fund.
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Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong
It's a great pleasure to be here today on this magnificent site to announce what is a very significant high-profile project that is leading the way in terms of sustainability.
We are very pleased as a Government to be providing support for Sydney Theatre Company to transform its premises into a world leading example of how to make a real difference when it comes to saving water and saving energy.
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett
What is happening here is the installation of cutting edge PV technology, that is the Pluto cells, which have been developed with the University of New South Wales and with Suntech, and I want to applaud that ongoing work that you are doing together.
You are world leaders in solar PV technology, we know that and we want to continue to provide the support for that, and having that technology here at Sydney Theatre Company will provide a tremendous platform for those technologies.
Artistic Director, Sydney Theatre Company, Cate Blanchett
The point of the Arts is not to present products to passive consumers, but to create places that engage both the makers and the watchers in a vital dialogue with each other and their times. And in keeping with that, through the Greening of the Wharf and the encouragement of the Green Precincts Fund, Sydney Theatre Company has been able to create a partnership with another vital and major part of Sydney's identity, the University of New South Wales.
Artistic Director, Sydney Theatre Company, Andrew Upton
This Government initiative represents the sort of leadership which will see Australia into the future. It is leadership which creates an opportunity rather than prescribes an outcome.
What is gradually emerging in these surrounds is a genuine cultural precinct. A hub for the people of Sydney. When this precinct is fully realised, it will in no small part be due to this initiative by the Federal Government and will be a green precinct. The first green cultural precinct in the world.
V/O: For more information on this project and other green precincts visit www.environment.gov.au/water
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