Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    New Warmun Arts Centre receives funding boost.

    24/04/2007 2:30 PM

    The Kimberley community of Warmun has received funding of $308,000 to assist with the construction of its new $1.2million Arts Centre.

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford said the grant was part of the $462,000 commitment to the centre by the Carpenter Government, through the Indigenous Regional Development Program (IRDP).

    “The long-awaited building project will provide more gallery and working space for a well-established indigenous arts enterprise, whose fine art is internationally renowned,” Mr Ford said.

    “This centre, expected to be completed very soon, will generate wider benefits for the Warmun community, including the creation of additional employment and income opportunities.

    Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens presented the cheque in Warmum today and described the much-needed arts centre as an important venue to showcase the work of some of Western Australia’s most talented artists.

    “It will also provide a cultural learning facility for both adults and school children,” Mr Stephens said.

    “The Warmun artists have been developing their unique style for many years, using traditional ochre paints to produce high quality works of artistic and cultural integrity.

    “Warmun artists have also contributed substantial funding to the centre, from the proceeds of artwork sales.”

    Mr Ford said the IRDP commitment was part of a range of measures to assist in improving the quality of life in indigenous communities in WA - a key factor in the State Government’s comprehensive response to the Gordon Inquiry.

    “IRDP grants are aimed at strengthening the capacity of indigenous communities to stimulate economic development,” the Minister said.

    Incorporated Aboriginal associations can apply for State Government grants from $10,000 to $500,000 for capital works projects which will create jobs or boost services in regional WA.

    Further information about the Indigenous Regional Development Program is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500, free-call 1800 620 511 (country callers only) or online at

    Minister's office - 9213 7200