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

Arts funding for regional communities

Media Release
30 June 2009

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The Australian Government is supporting home-grown arts activities in regional Australia with more than $550,000 for 60 new arts projects.

Arts Minister Peter Garrett said the Government is funding innovative and exciting cultural projects created by local artists living in regional Australia.

“Through the Regional Arts Fund, artists work with members of their community to bring vibrant arts and cultural experiences, such as festivals, events, performances and other artistic enterprises, to regional and remote communities,” Mr Garrett said.

The Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund is delivered by the peak regional arts organisation in each state, and by government arts departments in the territories.

“Regional arts funding benefits regional and remote communities in many ways. Funded projects help local economies by employing artists and developing their skills, as well as attracting tourists. These projects also bring communities together and are a source of huge inspiration and discussion,” Mr Garrett said.

Highlights from the projects funded:

For more information, visit the Regional Arts Australia website 

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