On 26 July 2022, Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos announced the nine-member board for Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co) – the entity spearheading the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project.

MAP Co has been established to oversee the precinct revamp which includes The Fox: NGV Contemporary, along with extensive refurbishment of Arts Centre Melbourne’s iconic State Theatre and the addition of new cafes, restaurants, and 18,000 square metres of new green public space. MAP Co will also operate and manage Fed Square and when complete, connect the precinct, public space and shared services supporting NGV and Arts Centre.

The board is chaired by experienced company director and chartered accountant James MacKenzie, chairperson of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, the Suburban Rail Loop Authority Board and Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Mr MacKenzie chaired the Interim Melbourne Arts Precinct Board.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership congratulates Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Belinda Duarte, CEO of Culture is Life and former co-chair of Reconciliation Victoria, who is among the announced Board Members. We are so pleased to see that the Board brings together diverse skills and experience across finance, infrastructure, governance, First Peoples engagement, social equity and the creative industries.

In the official media release, Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos stated: “This history-making and city-shaping project will elevate Melbourne as a global creative and cultural city. […] I look forward to working with the board to bring our vision to life.” While MAP Co CEO Katrina Sedgwick stated “The MAP Co board of directors bring to the table the considerable experience and skill needed to oversee the transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct into the inviting and vibrant cultural hub of our state.”

via Premier of Victoria, 26 July 2022. Read the full media release here.

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