Record funding boost for Monaro arts and culture

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Record funding boost for Monaro arts and culture

Monday, 17 July 2017

Member for Monaro John Barilaro MP is encouraging local artists, performers and organisations to share ideas both big and small for infrastructure and arts projects in the Monaro.

The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to improve economic outcomes as well as local amenities and standard of living across regional NSW communities.

Mr Barilaro said the Fund would support the building of new artistic and cultural spaces such as galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and halls, as well as the upgrading or repurposing of existing arts, screen, culture or heritage infrastructure.

“The Regional Cultural Fund supports arts, screen and cultural organisation proposals for small, medium and large infrastructure projects,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Investment in these worthy infrastructure projects will see the delivery of long-term cultural benefits to the Monaro community.

“Our arts and culture groups give so much to the Monaro community. It is great that they are able to be supported and encouraged through the Regional Cultural Fund.

“Galleries and museums will also be able to apply for operational funding to support the delivery of services, which will provide distinct experiences to visitors and promote increased participation in creative and cultural activities.

“The Monaro has long been home to producers of diverse arts and culture across a wide variety of disciplines including visual arts, performing arts, Indigenous arts, dance, music, exhibitions, publishing, film, television, radio and heritage works.

“We have a proud history of artistic excellence and this is a great investment in the region’s arts and culture.

“This investment will foster economic growth and tourism in our towns by providing local artists with more business opportunities and avenues for their art.” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said investing in arts and culture programs and facilities provides recreational and educational benefits as well as increased tourist visitation, which in turn helps art practitioners expand their networks and enter new markets.

Expressions of interest for the Regional Cultural Fund open on 17 July 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to provide additional information. Up to $25 million will be made available in the first round of funding.

For further information, including guidelines for applicants, go to