Community museums, galleries and historical societies across regional Australia are receiving an important boost under the Morrison Government’s $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said round one funding will help the Cooktown and District Historical Society purchase much needed equipment.
“With the Morrison Government’s support, we are helping rebuild our local economy through the development of collections or exhibits, improved facilities for visitors, and the digitisation of local heritage collections for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Cooktown and District Historical Society will receive $2943 under the program to purchase a new amplifier and microphone system to use for special productions and presentations regarding different aspects of the region’s history.
“I encourage community-run arts, cultural and heritage organisations across Cairns and Far North Queensland to apply for a CHART program grant today – this will assist us to continue offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities.”
Federal Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said more than $135,000 in grants would flow to 50 organisations across the country to support activities that encourage cultural tourism in regional, rural and remote Australia.
“These grants will support the reactivation and ongoing sustainability of these successful applicants, with each playing an integral role in telling the stories of their local communities and preserving Australia’s cultural heritage,” Mr Fletcher said.
“This first batch of grants marks an important milestone in the benefits that CHART will provide to regional communities, including the promotion of regional arts tourism across Australia, which in turn will enhance arts access and increase local expenditure.”
The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is delivering the program on behalf of the Government.
Applications are open until 29 April 2022, or until allocated funding is expended.