RADF grants awarded

MOSIAC and photography workshops are among the four projects awarded a total of $10,500 in the latest Regional Arts Development Fund grants round from Isaac Regional Council.

Mayor Cedric Marshall said the news was good for Isaac's growing reputation for delivering quality art projects.

"We have a lot of creative talent in the region and so it is important to fund workshops which can nurture this creative talent," he said.

"Diversity is an important facet of anything we do in this region, and it is encouraging to see such a diversity of media workshops on offer.

"In this current round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and a number of regional councils, we will see mosaic workshops in Moranbah, a photography workshop in Middlemount, and an indigenous arts workshop in Glenden.

"Additionally, Melanie Jai, whose exhibition is currently at the Coalface Art Gallery, will take some time out to give multimedia arts workshops in Moranbah in October."

Minister for the Arts Rachel Nolan said RADF was Australia's only locally-delivered regional arts grants program.

"In 2011-12, the Queensland Government allocation to RADF is $2.047 million with another $1.5 million from 55 Queensland Councils, meaning more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state," Ms Nolan said.

"From its beginnings in 1991, RADF now supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across Queensland."

The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural priorities.

The Central Highlands council has approved $49,823 from the current round of community grants.

The recipients were: Blackwater's 14 Army Cadet Unit ($5000), Blackwater Scout Group ($3600), Boolburra branch of the old fire service ($5000), Borilla Community Kindergarten ($5000), Capella State High School P&C ($5000), Duaringa Town Rural Fire Brigade ($4319), Emerald Brothers Cowboys Rugby League Club ($4777), Emerald Show Society ($5000), Springsure Bowls Club ($3938), Springsure Jockey Club ($5000) and Blackwater's St John's Ambulance ($3188).

The cadet unit intends to spend the money on updating its UHF handheld equipment.

The Blackwater Scout Group will use the funds to repair its access road.

The Duaringa town brigade firies will put the grant toward equipment maintenance.

The Borilla Community Kindergarten was also loaned $20,000.


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