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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    $4 million arts funding for regional communities

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    $4 million arts funding for regional communities

    Regional communities throughout Queensland will be able to access up to $4 million in arts funding thanks to a partnership between the Queensland Government and 59 local councils throughout the state.

    Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queenslanders. 

    “This funding ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community.

    “Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members,” she said.

    "This is an important milestone for RADF, celebrating 25 years of partnership between the Queensland Government and local governments to promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions.

    “My Government is proud to continue support through RADF for a dynamic calendar of arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

    “RADF enables councils to tailor their own arts and cultural funding program to support projects that align with the local priorities and strategic initiatives.

    “Communities can access and participate in a range of arts and cultural activities and events, create public art, and build local capacity for new skills through workshops and education programs."

    Applicants are encouraged to visit their local council website for more information about the Regional Arts Development Fund. 

    A full list of funding follows:


    Regional Arts Development Fund 2016-2017                                                              

    Council Name

    2016–17 RADF


    Council Name

    2016–17 RADF

    Balonne Shire



    Livingstone Shire


    Banana Shire



    Lockyer Valley Regional


    Barcaldine Regional



    Logan City


    Barcoo Shire



    Longreach Regional


    Blackall-Tambo Regional



    Mackay Regional


    Boulia Shire



    Maranoa Regional


    Bulloo Shire



    Mareeba Shire


    Bundaberg Regional



    McKinlay Shire


    Burdekin Shire



    Moreton Bay Regional


    Burke Shire



    Mount Isa City


    Cairns Regional



    Murweh Shire


    Carpentaria Shire



    Noosa Shire


    Cassowary Coast Regional



    North Burnett Regional


    Central Highlands Regional



    Paroo Shire


    Charters Towers Regional



    Quilpie Shire


    Cloncurry Shire



    Redland City


    Cook Shire



    Richmond Shire


    Croydon Shire



    Rockhampton Regional


    Diamantina Shire



    Scenic Rim Regional


    Douglas Shire



    Somerset Regional


    Etheridge Shire



    South Burnett Regional


    Flinders Shire



    Southern Downs Regional


    Fraser Coast Regional



    Sunshine Coast Regional


    Gladstone Regional



    Tablelands Regional


    Gold Coast City



    Toowoomba Regional


    Goondiwindi Regional



    Townsville City


    Gympie Regional



    Western Downs


    Hinchinbrook Shire



    Whitsunday Regional


    Ipswich City



    Winton Shire


    Isaac Regional