Oxley member Melinda Pavey dropped into Wauchope Community Arts Council to congratulate the committee on securing $22,800 in funding from the NSW government’s Regional Cultural Fund.
Wauchope Arts president Krissa Wilkinson said they will now upgrade the stage, lighting and seating.
“You really deserve this money. This is a fabulous outcome and I know this project will bring a great deal of joy to the people of the Hastings” said Melinda Pavey.
“We’re very proud today to hand over this money to you. We want everyone’s experience to be extraordinary.
“The music is extraordinary and we want everyone’s experience to be extraordinary from such a terrific organisation. We are really proud of what we’re doing to recognise your work and all you do for our community,” she said.
Krissa thanked Mrs Pavey very much and said the money was very timely because it’s coming up to Wauchope Arts’ 21st birthday.
“We are running a de facto cultural centre here for council,” she said.
The funding as part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).
This project is one of 68 projects from 12 regions across NSW, sharing in close to $50m in the first round of grants. The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund 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 well-being of people in regional NSW.
The Regional Cultural Fund is all about supporting projects that enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of regional communities.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said he was pleased to see such a vast array of exciting projects funded as part of round one of the new arts-specific 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.
“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 art, “Mr Barilaro said.
RCF funds will go towards projects ranging from the construction of new exhibition and performing arts spaces, to the refurbishment of libraries and museums and smaller, grass-roots community projects.
Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.