Port Stephens new home for culture and the arts

Tilligerry Arts group members with Catherine Cusack MLC and Port Stephens Councils representatives.
Tilligerry Arts group members with Catherine Cusack MLC and Port Stephens Councils representatives.


MEMBER of the Legislative Council Catherine Cusack and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin this week announced that Port Stephens Council has successfully secured $3,806 in funding as part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).

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The Tilligerry Arts Group new home is one of sixty-eight projects from 12 regions across NSW, sharing in close to $50m in the first round of grants.

The RCF is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which aims to improve not only the economic outcomes but the standard of living and wellbeing of people who call regional NSW home.

This project will see further additions and improvements made to the recent transformation of the old Lemon Tree Passage Rural Fire Brigade building which Tilligerry Arts Group have repurposed into multipurpose gallery and meeting venue for the community.

“This has been a great win for Port Stephens and a great example of the community having a vision to establish a strong cultural identity,” she said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said he was pleased to see such a vast array of projects funded as part of round one of the new arts fund.

“Having grown up and raised a family in a regional area, I know our regional towns and cities can have so much to offer in the arts and culture space,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This fund is all about building on that rich arts and culture offering, and enhancing it – not only for those living in our regional towns, but for those who’ll flock to those towns as visitors, keen for a unique arts and cultural experience.”

“As a government we have done a great deal of work to improve our economic position and invest heavily in infrastructure, and we want to ensure the benefits of that work extend to all sectors – and that includes supporting our arts practitioners in the regions.”

Arts Minister Don Harwin said the fund was established to ensure regional NSW received its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure, no matter where you live.

“Arts and culture is at the heart of every regional community and this first round of funding is evidence that the NSW Government’s commitment to driving growth in arts, screen, culture and heritage in regional NSW is making a difference,” Mr Harwin said.

Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.

Further information about the RCF is available at www.nsw.gov.au/regionalculturalfund

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