- Local governments to develop plans and implement activities that promote regional arts
- More than $140,000 in funding provided to two South-West, one Mid-West and one Wheatbelt initiative
The Shires of Pingelly, Harvey, Augusta-Margaret River and Morawa have each been awarded between $25,000 and $50,000 as part of the McGowan Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
RACIP's Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning Program funds regional local governments to develop creative and cultural plans and implementation of activities. Projects promote the value of arts, culture and heritage and facilitate activities that foster regional creative and cultural industries.
Launched by the McGowan Government in 2019, the RACIP acknowledges the importance of culture and arts programs in regional and remote Western Australia. It continues to focus on delivering social inclusion, accessibility and employment opportunities in regional WA - receiving an additional $5 million in the 2021 State Budget to extend the program. Funded projects include:
Shire of Pingelly - $50,000 to develop the Pingelly Arts and Culture Plan, partnering with arts, crafts and cultural groups to form a cohesive vision that reflects the local community. The Plan encourages artists to engage in their activities, promote arts engagement, attract tourists, develop business plans for community arts groups and create employment opportunities in the Wheatbelt.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River - $25,000 to implement an activity identified in their Creative Culture Plan 2020-25 under Goal 2 - Create sustainable cultural infrastructure and opportunities. This will include developing an interactive public art trail in the South-West, with several smaller interactive art walks in designated sites, like town centres and coastal areas.
Further to this, the Shire of Harvey ($48,450) will develop a Creative Communities Strategy and the Shire of Morawa ($20,000) will develop a Morawa Culture and Arts Plan.
The RACIP is delivered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC, with funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development). Since 2019 the RACIP has injected almost $13 million into arts and culture in regional and remote WA.
For more information about programs that fund regional WA communities visit the DLGSC website.
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"RACIP provides incredibly valuable opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations to deliver programs in their local community.
"Programs like this support local governments to build wellbeing through community connection."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"RACIP is continuing to support vibrancy of regional communities and boost activities that encourage cultural tourism.
"If you are planning to develop a creative and cultural plan, consider applying for this funding."
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200