In The Courier this week

ART PLEDGE: Sir Hans Heysen’s grandson Peter Heysen, left, has welcomed a $9m cash injection into a plan to upgrade the renowned artist’s former home, The Cedars, and build a gallery and cultural centre at the site. The announcement was made by Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham, right.

Hahndorf gallery to celebrate Heysen

A plan to build a multi-million dollar gallery and cultural centre at Sir Hans Heysen’s former home in Hahndorf could be realised within three years, after the Federal Government pledged $9m towards the project.
The cash injection was announced by Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham on Sunday as part of a $129m promise under the Adelaide City deal, aimed at boosting SA’s cultural economy.
The gallery and cultural centre proposed for the site – known as The Cedars – is part of the second stage of a $20m two-stage plan to preserve the legacy and art of the renowned painter and his daughter Nora Heysen, also an acclaimed artist.
The centre will include a gallery for the permanent display of works by Sir Hans and Nora Heysen, a gallery for visiting or emerging artists, a function centre, restaurant and gift shop.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Stirling Aldi: Vacant land on Stirling’s Pomona Road could become home to a new Aldi store after the German discount supermarket giant lodged a development application with the State Government.

  • Community hub: The Callington community’s vision for a sports and community hub is set to become reality, with work expected to start on the project as early as September.

  • Art hub: A community group hopes an “ambitious” $3m plan to upgrade the Stirling Community Theatre will create an arts hub that will draw more professional performers to the town and provide opportunities for future generations.

  • Drug rehab: A residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for youth with a focus on adventure will be established in the Hills and Fleurieu region by the end of the year, funded by a $3m Federal grant.

  • Oakbank plan: The centre of the Oakbank Racecourse could be redeveloped into an equestrian hub under a $10m plan to boost the sustainability of the Oakbank Racing Club.