Sue Pukallus and Jenny Shaw from the Injune Creative Odyssey.
Sue Pukallus and Jenny Shaw from the Injune Creative Odyssey. Quintin Maddern

Art, culture groups get $32,000 from RADF Committee

IT’S open season for the creative groups in the Maranoa, with Maranoa Regional Council approving funding for art and cultural projects through the Regional Arts Development Fund Committee.

The motion was moved last month to approve funding for eight applications through the RADF, which will provide additional funding of up to $31,199 for Maranoa-based groups.

The Creative Injune art group received the most funding from the committee, with $11,000 going towards a tutor for the upcoming Odyssey workshop.

Event co-ordinator Sue Pukallus said it was fantastic news to have the funding approved, which would allow the workshop to accommodate for materials and the travel expenses of tutors involved in the workshop.

“It’s fantastic that council sees the importance of such an event. This is not just about the creative side but also a wonderful opportunity for people to come together,” she said.

“Some of the tutors coming are well-regarded professionals from the McGregor Winter and Summer School in Toowoomba; it will have many positive benefits for the community.”

The Roma Performing Arts group also received funding to hire a director for their upcoming Boy from Oz performance, with a total of $4940 approved.

More than $5000 was given to the Roma on Bungil Gallery to allow museum and gallery professionals to work with organisers, bringing the total project up to $94,337.

Councillor Janelle Stanford, who approved the motion, said the approved grants would be a lifeline to the community group projects.

“The RADF supports all art and culture projects to improve outcomes for artists and community groups,” Cr Stanford said.

“The recent funding shows the commitment to the local art and culture scene. All the projects approved are related to the community plan from Maranoa Regional Council.”

The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council to help support local art and culture projects with financial assistance.


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