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ETC helps upstage 'The Con'

COFFS Harbour Regional Conservatorium is singing ETC's praises after receiving $7,000 for the purchase of new portable, modular staging.

The Conservatorium's President of the Board Lesley Schoer said although the Conservatorium had a large performance space, it is currently underutilised because they don't have the funds to develop it further.

"Funding from ETC means so much because it will enable us to utilise our performance space in a flexible way," she said.

"A key use of the stage will be to provide students from the Conservatorium and elsewhere who are studying for practical exams and the HSC, with the necessary experience they need to present themselves to an audience and manage performance anxiety.

"Portable staging will also enable us to open for small conferences and workshops and this will help create an income stream for us which is essential in our move towards long term sustainability."

The Conservatorium currently had to hire other venues when some of its 450 students are putting on large performances.

"ETC has been very supportive of the Conservatorium in the past and once again we are very grateful for their support to help us progress to the next stage," Ms Schoer said.

ETC director Tracey Adendorff said her body was pleased to support.

"ETC is setting aside $200,000 per annum through the ETC Community Support Fund," she revealed.

"The fund is designed to help organisations improve the social and economic development of local communities."



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