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Powell Media Release – Investment in Local Arts Boosts Regional economies (15 August 2014)

Glass House families will have more access to arts and cultural events, with Sunshine Coast Regional Council receiving $68,480 and Moreton Bay Regional Council receiving $68,000 as part of a new look $2 million Government fund.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP 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,” Mr Powell 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.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said in 2014-2015, the State is partnering with 59 Queensland councils which are being empowered to shape their own arts and cultural priorities.

“It’s inspiring to see how the fund makes a creative and cultural difference locally. It is a driving force behind the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy to make more great arts available to all Queenslanders,” he said.

Mr Powell said a new arts and culture protocol between state and local government for 2014-2018 ensured a healthy partnership and ongoing strong support.



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