Sydney Opera House gets funding boost for upgrading

09:05, June 07, 2010      

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Australia's famous icon the Sydney Opera House got 152 million Australian dollars (125 million U.S. dollars) funding boost on Sunday from the state government of New South Wales.

State Premier Kristina Keneally announced the funding before the New South Wales budget is released on Tuesday.

The work involves building an underground tunnel and loading dock to reduce traffic on the forecourt and a new lift to move heavy sets and scenery.

Keneally said there have been 200 traffic incidents on the forecourt in the past three years, many of which required ambulance attendance.

"The work that we are announcing today ... will remove those heavy vehicles from the forecourt, it will make this building what [architect Jorn Utzon] imaged that it would be," she said.

The works are scheduled to begin early next year and the upgrade will be the biggest building works to take place at the site since it opened in 1973.

Source: Xinhua
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