Investment in Local Arts Boosts Regional Economies


Local families will have more access to arts and cultural events, with Moreton Bay Regional Council receiving $68,000 as part of a new look $2 million Government fund.


Mr Holswich said the Regional Arts Development Fund delivered on the Government’s election promise of arts for all Queenslanders, which prompted a review of how councils and the state worked together to enable the events that could deliver artistic, cultural, social and economic benefits.


“The Regional Arts Development Fund is an ongoing partnership between state and local governments that delivers more than 3,000 professional arts, cultural development and heritage projects annually,” he said.


“These projects create jobs, boost local businesses and will bring tourists to our region as we promised at the election.


“This year marks the beginning of a new model for the fund, to streamline program management, reduce paperwork for councils and become more flexible and responsive to local communities’ interests and priorities.”


Mr Ruthenberg said “The State is partnering with 59 Queensland councils which are being empowered to shape their arts and cultural priorities.


“It’s inspiring to see how the fund makes a creative and cultural difference locally” he said.


“Last year projects ranged from the Abbey Museum to preserve stained glass windows to running a series of workshops to assist people with disabilities.”


“Council applications in the next RADF round close 15 September 2014 for projects beginning from December and I encourage anyone who  wants to make a difference creatively or culturally  to visit and find out more.”




[ENDS] 28 August 2014





Contact:          Seath Holswich                       3205 6779

                      Trevor Ruthenberg                  3491 8800