Mid-Western and Dubbo Regional Councils are among 17 councils who will benefit from the NSW Government’s $3.26 million arts and cultural funding for local councils in the 2021/22 financial year.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders and Arts Minister Don Harwin MLC made the announcement on Tuesday, with Dubbo Regional Council set to receive funding for the next three financial years for its new Cultural Growth Project which will provide a major boost for local residents to benefit from opportunities to learn, create, and participate in the arts and cultural activities.
“Thanks to this funding Dubbo Regional Council will be able to run a large range of initiatives including two productions a year for the Black Box Creatives Youth Theatre, West Words the regional writers festival, and enable the popular MiniMakers program to expand to kids in Wellington,” Mr Saunders said.
“Our region will also benefit from $50,000 in funding for the Mid-Western Regional Council to present new works by local artists at the new Mudgee Regional Art Gallery when it opens later this year.”
Minister Harwin said the funding will support the Mid-Western and Dubbo Regional Councils in the delivery of new projects and performances and provide increased employment opportunities for the local sector.
“The NSW Government continues to support the arts and culture sector through this latest round of funding with an additional 17 programs across the State supported in 2021/22, which is testament to the important role arts and culture plays in our local communities.
“This funding will help establish solid foundations and create opportunities and career pipelines for emerging and professional artists and arts and cultural workers, strengthening the contemporary arts and cultural ecology of NSW.
For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit the Create NSW website at www.create.nsw.gov.au.