- Details of $24 million Creative Regions program released
- Five schemes will upgrade venues and increase the amount of arts in the regions
There will be more arts and culture in regional Western Australia than ever before as the $24 million Creative Regions program is rolled out over the next four years.
In Bunbury today to launch the program, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was one of the largest investments in regional culture and arts made by a government in Australia.
Creative Regions consists of five schemes that will upgrade venues; increase the skills of local arts groups; expand funding to regionally-based artists and organisations; boost the number of touring shows; and assist Aboriginal arts centres.
South-West beneficiaries from scheme four include the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook, Nannup Music Festival and Arts Margaret River. Grants through this scheme will be available to arts organisation across the State each year until 2018.
"Creative Regions has been tailored to specifically address the cultural and arts needs of regional WA," Mr Day said.
"Arts in major regional centres is thriving and Creative Regions will assist local government, communities and artists to maintain this momentum as well as extend opportunities to other smaller and remote communities.
"On the ground, the program will ensure there is a viable touring circuit, well-equipped venues, more touring shows, and professional support for regional artists and communities."
Mr Day said the schemes were designed to complement each other to support a high quality touring circuit for both performing arts groups and audiences.
Regional entertainment venues in areas such as Bunbury, Mandurah, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Port Hedland, Broome and Esperance will be eligible to apply for funding to upgrade facilities and technical equipment. Applications open later this year.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions funded program stood to deliver significant outcomes for residents in regional WA.
"Increased regional arts activities will benefit participating communities economically, culturally and socially," Mr Redman said.
"As a valuable contribution to community amenity, the program will contribute to the wellbeing and revitalisation of regional communities, and act as a catalyst for attracting and retaining skilled workers and families to regional areas."
Creative Regions will run from 2015 to 2018
The program is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
Country Arts WA and CircuitWest are key partners in the program
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700