Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    State funding boosts Laarri Gallery at Yiyili aboriginal community

    2/07/2007 11:49 AM

    The Yiyili Community Aboriginal Corporation has received funds to extend the Laarri Gallery, located between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek in the Kimberley region, with a combined State Government grant of $580,800 from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development, and Lotterywest.

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford said the opening of the gallery project would be a boost for a developing arts enterprise, whose art had been gaining steady appreciation locally and along the Great Northern Highway where tourists stopped and purchased art from the community.

    A further $205,700 had been committed to the project through the Commonwealth’s Kimberley Sustainable Regions Program, while the community contributed $25,000 of its own funds.

    The funds were used to assist with the construction costs and power supply upgrade of the gallery, which was completed and fitted out in September 2006.

    “The Laarri Gallery will provide a venue to showcase the art of local community artists, as well as providing a specialist arts activity and learning centre for both schoolchildren and adults,” Mr Ford said.

    “Additional employment and income generation opportunities resulting from the gallery will also be important for the Yiyili community.

    “This is one of a range of measures to assist in improving the quality of life in indigenous communities, a key factor in the State Government’s response to the Gordon Inquiry.”

    The Minister said the Government was committed to encouraging, promoting and supporting the sustainable development of, and promoting partnerships with, indigenous communities.

    Funding for the centre had been provided from the Carpenter Government’s Indigenous Regional Development program, part of the Regional Investment Fund.

    Further information about the fund was available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500, freecall 1800 620 511 (country only) or

    Minister's office - 9213 7200