Media Release – 19 July, 2017

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has called on local artists, performers and organisations to put their project wish lists “centre stage” and apply for a share of $100 million in funding.

The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the Deputy Premier’s new $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to bolster economies and improve the standard of living across regional NSW.

Katrina said the Regional Cultural Fund would support the building of new artistic and cultural spaces, such as galleries, theatres, libraries and halls, as well as upgrading existing arts, screen, culture and heritage infrastructure.

“This fund will support proposals for small, medium and large infrastructure projects that will deliver long-term cultural benefits to the Cootamundra electorate,” Katrina said.

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

“As your local MP, I encourage you to call my office on 6924 2533 or email cootamundra@parliament.nsw.gov.au so I can discuss proposals for support.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said regional NSW 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.

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 www.create.nsw.gov.au.

Media: Daniel Johns on 6924 2533 or 0477 722 428

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