Fraser Coast to benefit from arts programs in wake of floods

MARYBOROUGH and the Fraser Coast will grab a share of $600,000 in arts and culture funding as part of the State Government's Creative Recovery - Building Resilience initiative.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said arts and culture were important to fostering a strong community spirit.

"This program will see at least 15 arts and cultural programs delivered to flood-devastated regions such as Bundaberg, Maryborough, Rockhampton, the Fraser Coast, Dalby and the Lockyer Valley," he said.

"The bricks and mortar of recovery are obviously very important but so too is the sense of community that gives people a sense of optimism about the future - this is the social infrastructure that keeps a region strong."

Creative Recovery - Building Resilience will include performances and arts activities for all ages.

Highlights include:

  • $200,000 funding for Creative Regions, a Bundaberg arts organisation, to continue its co-ordination and leadership role across the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett and Rockhampton areas
  • $240,000 funding for the Creative Recovery Network to continue its work with the Red Cross, delivering children's arts activities and building local capacity to deliver programs
  • Waiving of presenter fees for tours to flood-affected areas with some artists offering workshops in schools and community centres
  • Opera Queensland to extend its tour of Waltzing Our Matilda to Mundubbera in August
  • Touring to disaster-affected areas of productions including Rumour Has It and Dancing with Bach

For more information on the Creative Recovery - Building Resilience initiative, go to arts.qld.gov.au.



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