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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Regional arts receive culture funding boost

Media release
15 April 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced $1.2 million in funding for 16 national strategic cultural development projects across regional Australia.

Through the national strategic component of the Regional Arts Fund program, Regional Arts Australia will administer these 16 projects as part of a four-year framework developed in collaboration with the Regional Arts Organisations across Australia.

“With one-in-three Australians living in regional, rural or remote parts of the country, the national strategic element will ensure communities continue to enjoy cultural opportunities,” Mr Garrett said.

Isolated communities are a particular focus of the funding which will cover a range of activities including dance, song, photography and technical production.

Highlights of the 16 funded projects include:

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Regional Arts Australia

Regional arts fund strategic initiatives projects

Regional Arts Australia

Biennial National Arts Conference

This funding will provide national coordination of the development of the 2010 and 2012 Regional Arts Australia biennial national conferences and the site selection for the 2014 national conference.

Funding: $40,000

Country Arts SA

Riverland Dance Initiative

In 2008 a choreographer was engaged to provide new professional dance opportunities for youth in the Riverland/Mallee region of SA.

Funding will allow this initiative to continue for a further two years. In partnership with Country Arts SA the Regional Arts Fund it will also support skill development workshops and mentorships.

Funding: $68,000

Country Arts WA

Western Australia Focus Strategy

Country Arts WA will focus on generating a higher level of arts activity and a deeper understanding of what can be achieved through engagement with the arts in one region of WA over the next four years

This region has been identified by Country Arts WA as being particularly disadvantaged in terms of access to and participation in the arts.

Funding: $158,000

Queensland Arts Council

Community Arts and Cultural Development Pilot

This pilot project will engage suitably qualified service providers to pilot the development and delivery of community arts and cultural development services in regional and remote Queensland.

It is proposed that Queensland Arts Council will enter into a partnership to pilot a new model of service delivery in Queensland for the community arts and cultural sector in 2009.

Funding: $80,000

Tasmanian Regional Arts (TRA)

Youth Access Project

This funding will be used to strategically plan and develop of the RAA 2010 conference. The conference will be hosted in Tasmania.

The conference coordinator will research and evaluate key findings from previous conferences and events with a focus on youth participation in the event. They will also develop guides for young artists to enable them to engage in the RAA conference or other nationally significant events.

Funding: $6,000

Regional Arts Australia

National Arts Round Tables and Events

RAA will conduct survey research and online discussion to bring key stakeholders together in focus group round table activities in non conference years.

The focus group activities will help to generate new ideas, form new partnerships and provide crucial information into the future development of the arts in regional Australia.

Funding: $40,000

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Communications Exchange

The communications exchange project will expand communication opportunities for regionally based artists, arts workers and practitioners.

Funding: $20,000

Tasmania Regional Arts

Regional Arts Development Officers (RADO) Community Forums

Tasmania Regional Arts are coordinating and staging annual regional forums across three designated regions of Tasmania. The forums aim to promote skills development and support sustainable cultural outcomes. They will also assist in developing cultural networks and information exchange.

Funding: $24,000

Arts NT, Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport (NRETAS)

The No Boundaries project will use a ‘hands on’ approach to improve equitable access to arts grants. The project focuses on emerging artists and organisations in Indigenous remote communities in the Northern Territory.

Arts Project Development Officers (APDO) will assist potential clients – artists, client groups and organisations in remote areas of the Northern Territory - with the development of applications to the AGP. The project will be piloted in several communities in the Top End and Central Australia in the first year.

Funding: $44,000

Regional Arts Victoria

Additional Support for the Regional Cultural Partnership Program

Regional Arts Victoria will use the funding to respond to the identified need for sustained cultural support to organisations and individual artists through this project. The continuation of this program will enable Regional Arts Victoria to engage with priority groups including isolated and Indigenous groups and young people.

Funding: $105,000

Regional Arts Australia

Key national regional arts round

Regional Arts Australia is aiming to explore key ideas and themes for its national conferences with stakeholders in regional, remote and isolated areas.

The last two national conferences have been successful due to clear themes which articulated current priorities for the arts in Australia and regional Australians in particular.

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Arts & Wellbeing

Tasmanian Regional Arts will facilitate documentation and information sharing to cover transition arrangements in the formation of a discrete arts and wellbeing network in Tasmania.

Funding: $2,000

Regional Arts Victoria

Storyboard and Live Portfolio

Storyboard/Photoboard is a project that will be delivered in close collaboration with the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Department of Sustainability (DSE). This project is a direct response to the recent fire events over in February 2009 in regional Victoria. This project will be delivered online.

Funding: $18,000

Regional Arts Victoria


Regional Arts Victoria will work with Hubcap Productions to deliver a community engagement project to four regional Victorian communities. This project will allow up to 300 local people in each location to engage with the arts through choir, dance, acting, film-making and technical

Funding: $15,000

Regional Arts Australia

Development of ‘Smart In Business’

Regional Arts Australia will develop a business plan to develop an income strategy and business case for the future delivery of Regional Arts Australia’s national skills development program.

Funding: $23,000

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Access and Touring Brokerage Model Development

This research and development project will engage a range of regional communities, arts organisations, touring related companies and venues in the development of cost effective models for volunteer managed access and touring content.

Funding: $16,000

Regional Arts NSW

Targeted Communities

In 2004 Regional Arts NSW introduced the Targeted Communities program. Funding will be used to amend this program over the next four years to strategically improve outreach to all NSW regions.

Funding: $159,000

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