Exciting and new cultural and arts projects will be popping up across the Southern Downs thanks to Southern Downs Regional Council and funding awarded through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Council has awarded nearly $23,000 in grant funding to five diverse projects across the Southern Downs under Round 2 of the 2018-2019 RADF program.

The successful recipients for Round 2 of the 2018-19 RADF include local artist Fiona Hayes, Killarney Murals, Allora & District Historical Society Inc and Regional Sports Museum Group Inc and Nancy Hancock.

Councillor for Finance, Governance and The Arts Jo McNally said that communities across the Southern Downs greatly benefit from the projects funded through the RADF. “The projects funded through this year’s RADF Round 2 will help celebrate our region’s heritage, create pride in our communities and give people from outside our region even more reasons to visit the Southern Downs. SDRC is excited to help fund these projects through the RADF because we understand how important the arts are to our communities,” Cr McNally said.

Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said investing in creative and cultural experiences through the RADF strengthened regional communities, boosted cultural tourism, and enhanced the quality of life in rural and remote towns and cities. “RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts across the state. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million in 2018-19 in partnership with 58 councils state wide to help deliver cultural experiences which align with local priorities,” said Ms Enoch.

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