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Hills region readies for artistic revival

BUSINESSMAN Paul Hanna plans to revive one of the foothills’ best-loved attractions, the Parkerville Amphitheatre.

Mr Hanna and business partner Mark Collins have recently bought the amphitheatre and surrounding land, located just 40 minutes from Perth.

The project, still in its early stages, is essentially a redevelopment of the amphitheatre with a number of modern revisions to equip the venue for live music and theatre.

“We’re going to bring it back to something even better than it originally was,” Mr Hanna said.

“I will either be an 800 or 1,200-person venue … we have a fairly big plan.”

Mr Hanna has only just met with the Shire of Mundaring to discuss the details of the redevelopment.

“It’s very early stages with this … but we want to do something quite speccy,” Mr Hanna said.

“We want to do plays as well and classical music, most likely it won’t be for rock and roll.”

If the plans for the amphitheatre get the green light from the council, Parkerville will join a number of popular outdoor venues located just outside of the city, including Belvoir Amphitheatre and Sandalford’s redeveloped facilities in the Swan Valley.

Concerts like the new BankWest Symphony at Sandalford with Kate Ceberano and the West Australian Symphony orchestra already have attracted considerable interest. Part of the attraction of an event at Sandalford is the venue’s proximity to the city.

Mr Hanna most recently was part of a group of local business people that put a bid in for the Bannamah Wildlife Park in the South West, however a location a little closer to Perth has clearly proved a more attractive option.

And if the tourist market in the Swan Valley and the hills continues to grow, Parkerville could develop into a very valuable asset.

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