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The CEO of the Sunshine Coast’s premier performing arts and conference centre has heralded “the power of the arts” after receiving a significant Australia Day honour.

Bronwyn Edinger, who is at the helm of The Events Centre Caloundra, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts through administrative roles.

“I’m very grateful to have received this award,” she said.

“I come from a family who contributed to community, and I believe in the power of the arts to make a positive impact on individuals and society.

“It has been a privilege to contribute to maximising access to the arts for Australians and I look forward to increasing opportunities for people to engage with the arts on the Sunshine Coast.”

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Ms Edinger has held leadership roles across the country, including at the Black Swan State Theatre Company, Merrigong Theatre Company, Arts on Tour NSW, Bell Shakespeare, City Recital Hall, Glen Street Theatre, and at Perth Theatre Company, where she was the co-founder.

Ms Edinger has been a member of the NSW Premier’s Arts Advisory Council, chair of the NSW Ministry for the Arts Theatre Committee and chaired a number of Create NSW funding panels. She was a peer assessor with the Australia Council for multiple programs including Playing Australia. She has contributed on the boards of Awesome Children’s Festival, Country Arts WA, Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group, Performing Arts Touring Alliance and Performance Space. She chaired Circus Monoxide, Theatre Network NSW and the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association.

Bronwyn Edinger has held leadership roles with arts groups across the country.

Ms Edinger has helped drive change, particularly in national performing arts touring. She drove innovative sector improvements that increased access to high-quality national performing arts for regional communities, and she was the driving force behind the current national Performing Arts Exchange. The sector peak body, PAC Australia, has awarded Ms Edinger both the Touring Legend award and a life membership.

The Events Centre chair Jeanette Burrows congratulated Ms Edinger.

“I am very pleased and proud to be celebrating Bronwyn’s contributions to the national performing arts sector with this prestigious Order of Australia,” she said.

“The Events Centre is fortunate to have someone with Bronwyn’s experience, knowledge, and passion to drive a thriving arts community on the Sunshine Coast.”

Ms Edinger is also a board member of the Theatre Royal Hobart and sits on the Regional Arts Development Fund committees for both Noosa and Sunshine Coast councils.

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