Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Million Puppet Project animates the regions

    10/07/2007 5:15 PM

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford today announced the State Government would provide a $27,000 grant to help regional communities take part in the Million Puppet Project - a Guinness World Record event.

    Regional artist residencies would be held in Exmouth, Onslow, Karratha and Roebourne during the July school holidays, introducing young people and their families to puppet making.

    Mr Ford said the grant had been provided to the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre from the Western Australian Regional Initiatives Scheme (WARIS), part of the Carpenter Government’s $80million Regional Investment Fund.

    The Minister said the residencies would give regional communities the opportunity to learn about the many ways puppetry could be used for story telling and to work together on puppet construction and performance.

    “Puppets have been used for centuries to tell stories and entertain crowds. This project will enable regional youth to tell their own stories in a highly visual creative way,” he said.

    “A sense of pride, ownership and identity are some of the positive benefits that creative arts can bring to communities and this event will deliver hands on experience for many budding puppeteers.”

    There will be an opportunity for the puppets that are created at the regional to be included in the Million Puppet Project. This project aims to assemble the biggest collection of puppets for exhibition during the World Puppet Congress and Festival in Perth in April 2008.

    Further information about WARIS is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500 or visit

    Minister's office - 9213 7200