There has been much discussion that the previously approved Development Application (DA) for Mudgee's Regent Theatre is "approved and ready to go". However, this information does not take into consideration the significant changes to the recognition of the Regents amazing heritage which have occurred since this time. Currently under an Interim Heritage Order (under the 1977 Heritage Act), and recommended for listing on the State Heritage Register (awaiting an decision to be announced), it hardly seems fair to mislead people into thinking that any previous DA will have the all clear. On the contrary, all proposed developments must now undergo an additional review process via State Heritage, a
It seems there are some myths out there regarding the costs and viability for Mudgee to maintain The Regent Theatre. We believe this is due to the fact that Mid-Western Regional Council's report on The Regent in 2012 including a poor analysis of the potential for use. The report, created by then General Manager (Warrick Bennett) did not explore live performance revenue potentials, solely concentrating on a cinema industry analysis. After obtaining a GIPA request, and reviewing all the files (including a discussion paper, budgets and emails) it was clear that no professional quotes were obtained, aside from a property evaluation. The people of Mudgee have been misguided by poor research, whi
With news that Mudgee's Regent Theatre will be auctioned on 6 March 2020, we have created a petition to capture the signatures of those who want to see the theatre in public hands. The petition launched today and now has over 200 signatures. Go to our petition here to sign and share your comments to be sent to Mid-Western Regional Council.