A makeover of The Crossing Theatre’s cinemas is one of the first tasks on the agenda of Council’s recently appointed cultural facilities manager, Scott Pollock.

Mr Pollock will be responsible for leading the management of The Crossing Theatre and Narrabri Shire library network.

Mr Pollock has over 10 years’ experience in managing cultural and heritage facilities with the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

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During his time with the National Trust, Mr Pollock was tasked with managing iconic properties like Retford Park and Everglades Historic House and Garden.

“This experience will bring a depth of knowledge which will be an asset to Council,” said council’s director, corporate and community services, Lindsay Mason.

Mr Pollock’s first task will be to oversee the renovations to The Crossing Theatre’s two cinemas.

“We plan to take advantage of the COVID-19 closures,” he said.

“This will allow us to complete the work earlier than scheduled and limit further disruption to cinema services once we are able to reopen.

“Moving forward after COVID-19 the team and I will be excited to see what we can offer in way of entertainment and function opportunities.

“The Crossing Theatre complex is an asset to the Shire and the wider northern NSW region and we will be looking to utilise all aspects of the facilities.”

Mr Pollock said he was determined to not let the pandemic stop cultural interactions with the community and is behind the From My Window Project which is aimed at capturing the Shire’s mood and impression of the COVID-19 pandemic through a photographic section and textile patch section.

“The patch submissions can be made from any fabric or yarn that can be sewn, crocheted or knitted to capture your sense of emotion through a tactile medium,” Mr Pollock said.

“The photographic section will comprise visual stills that will represent the different moments and new norms of pandemic life.

“On completion, the patch section will be curated into a community quilt to go on display with the collection of photographic submissions at a public exhibition to reflect on this period we have undertaken as a Shire and individuals,” Mr Pollock said.

The Crossing Cafe operating hours have changed in line with the easing of the restrictions.

“We are looking forward to welcoming patrons back with dine in options now available,” said Mr Pollock.

“The Crossing Cafe is open Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm providing both dine in and takeaway options – social distancing measures apply with a limit of 10 patrons.”

For more information on participating in the From My Window Project, email boxoffice@narrabri.nsw.gov.au

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