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Work to restore Yarram’s Regent Theatre has started with the installation of scaffolding.

Local MP Darren Chester said this marks the start of a $240,000 facade restoration which includes accessibility improvements and new signage on the iconic building.

“The Regent theatre’s façade dates back to 1930 and these works are the latest in a series of renovations that have taken place over the past few years,” Mr Chester said.

“The 90-year-old building was well overdue for an upgrade with the existing paint and render deteriorating in places.

“The theatre is the heart of Yarram hosting many private and community events including weddings, 21st birthday parties, community balls, school presentations, live performances and Anzac day commemorative services.

“These upgrades will encourage more people to visit Yarram and bring more events and performances to the town.

“Many people in Yarram will be delighted to see this magnificent building brought back to its former glory.”

Wellington Shire Mayor Garry Stephens said it would be fantastic to see the majestic Regent back to its glory days because it is a very important building to the Yarram community.

The Federal Government provided $240,000 towards the project as part of a $1 million funding package for Wellington to support local jobs and stimulate spending during the drought.

Other projects to be funded from the Drought Communities Program include a pump track at Heyfield and $385,000 worth of improvements at Briagolong Recreation Reserve, including the pony club facilities.

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