Green Arts to highlight local environment

Funding assistance of $30,000 is now available for arts projects which highlight the significant and diverse natural environment of the Mackay region.

The new Green Arts category of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program is a partnership between RADF and the Parks, Environment & Sustainability Department.

Festival, Events and The Arts portfolio councillor Chris Bonanno said Green Arts was an excellent category as it helped to promote both local arts and the local environment.

“This is the first time we’ve run this category within the RADF program,” Cr Bonanno said.

“The category is open to any individual or group with a creative project that is environmentally based or influenced,” he said.

“Influences could include something as simple as a local flora or fauna species, a geographical area, or something as broad as the Great Barrier Reef.”

Parks and Environment portfolio councillor Theresa Morgan said she hoped the Green Arts category would inspire projects that promoted our region’s unique environment or highlighted important environmental issues.

“The arts have an interesting way of making certain messages and issues stick in people’s heads, so I hope to see some projects that will really put a spotlight on our local environment and get people talking,” Cr Morgan said.

The Green Arts category will only be offered once per financial year and is co-funded evenly by RADF and council’s Natural Environment Levy.

Cr Bonanno said there was also $35,000 available as part of the general round of funding (round three) for other cultural, heritage and artistic projects.

Applications for round three, including the Green Arts category, close Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 4.30pm (dates are dependent on council election).

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (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 annually, 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,” she said.

For more information on the grants and for information on how to apply, go to www.mackay.qld.gov.au/radf.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (1300 622 529)