ARTS AND CULTURE: Maranoa Councillors Puddy Chandler and Geoff McMullen were on the RADF assessment panel which recently awarded six projects with funding.
ARTS AND CULTURE: Maranoa Councillors Puddy Chandler and Geoff McMullen were on the RADF assessment panel which recently awarded six projects with funding. Molly Hancokc

Arts projects win funds

ART isn't the first thing you picture when you think of country living, but art in the outback is once again on the agenda thanks to Maranoa Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund.

A total of six arts and cultural projects have successfully secured funds in the latest round of RADF funding for the 2017/2018 budget.

The council secured $42,857 in funding, with $15,000 going towards the Easter in the Country film workshop, the mural outside Bassett Park and Queensland's small museum conference in October.

The remaining $25,407 was then divided between the six applicants, finalising the total amount of the RADF funding for this financial year.

The latest round of successful RADF recipients included the Silversmiths Roma Group for a ring or pendant gem setting workshop ($1000), Isolated Children's Parents' Association St George Branch for a qualified art teacher for the Breakout Art Camp ($1,974), The Booringa Action Group for employment of digital arts workers and sound musicians ($10,961), Roma on Bungil for Build Your Self Exhibition ($1272), Injune Arts for tutors to conduct workshops at Injune's Creative Odyssey ($8000) and Injune Arts for The Power Within workshops ($2200).

"For this round of funding we only had six projects put forward but we only had a certain amount of money available so they didn't receive as much as they requested,” Cr Puddy Chandler said.

"These sorts of projects always flush out artists who didn't know they were artists.

"These are all really good community projects that are accessible for everyone in the Maranoa and it is important the council supports its communities with these varied projects.”


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