10 Burdekin groups receive RADF funding

Burdekin Shire Council has approved more than $23,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants.

The 10 successful applications were submitted for consideration to Council by the Burdekin RADF Committee which is made up of Council and community representatives.

Mayor Bill Lowis said funding was awarded to projects including workshops for art, raku firing, using iPads as creative tools, patchwork and quilting, creative sewing, acrylic painting and ATSI traditional art as well as contributions towards the production and performance of the musical The Addams Family and the cost of conducting the Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers’ & Writers’ Festival 2016.

“It’s great to see so many of our local arts groups benefitting from this funding,” he said.

“I would encourage others to apply when the next round comes up in June.”

The successful recipients were Burdekin Potters Inc, Burdekin Library, Burdekin PCYC, Burdekin Patchwork and Quilters Guild Inc, Burdekin Embroidery Mates, Burdekin Art Society Inc, Burdekin Community Association Inc, Burdekin Singers & Theatre Co, Flexi Queensland and Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Association Inc.

Cr Lowis said changes to the RADF program and a subsequent change in committee structure had opened up some community representative positions on the RADF Advisory Group.

“For the past 20 years, Arts Queensland has provided guidelines for councils to administer the RADF program but recent changes mean we can now deliver locally tailored programs based on the identified priorities, opportunities and capacities of the Burdekin community,” he said

“The RADF Advisory Group has an equal membership of Council and community representatives; Cr Uli Liessmann is Chairman joined by Cr Pierina Dalle Cort, Manager Community Development Tony Vaccaro and newly appointed community representatives Mickey McKellar and Erin Alloway.

“There is still one vacant community representative position and with recent changes now is a great time to get involved and I urge anyone interested in arts and culture to apply.

Nomination forms for the position are available on Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or can be collected from Council’s Customer Service Centre.

For the past 21 years, Arts Queensland has provided the guidelines Councils must use to administer the RADF program but from 2015 each Council will deliver locally tailored RADF programs based on the identified priorities, opportunities and capacities of their local communities.

The RADF grants are offered twice yearly – June and December – and are available for arts and cultural related projects.

Arts Queensland contributes 70 per cent and Council contributes 30 per cent of the grant money.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government had provided $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the RADF, a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local councils, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.

“RADF supports around 3000 arts, cultural and heritage projects annual, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists.

“This year will see a revamped RADF program developed in consultation with local councils which opens the way for more arts at a local level with public art commissions, access to touring productions and more training opportunities on offer.”

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