$255,000 funding boost for Richmond Valley arts and cultural projects

Two arts and cultural projects in the Richmond Valley are winners under the latest round of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government’s Regional Cultural Fund sharing in nearly $255,000 in funding, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

Casino’s popular 80-year old Art Deco Civic Hall will benefit from an injection of $208,172 to provide much needed internal painting, additional seating to increase venue capacity and improve storage, an upgrade to the stage, as well as a Cultural Revitalisation Plan so that future works are prioritised in line with its heritage design.

“The funding complements $152,000 already awarded to Council under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund which I announced earlier this year for new timber flooring,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“This latest funding will ensure the venue is in tip top condition and continues to serve the community into the future as Casino’s premier performance arts venue generating social, economic and tourism benefits.”

Mr Gulaptis said the remainder of the funding ($46,397) will allow Council to purchase a van to provide mobile cultural outreach services to isolated rural areas.

“The van will be branded ‘Art Van Go’ and will be used to deliver a suite of local cultural programs, including art and craft workshops, travelling art roadshows and cultural events delivered throughout the Richmond Valley,” he said.

In welcoming the funding, Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said the iconic Civic Hall had great potential to be revitalised and promoted as a major venue for the area.

Cr Mustow said Art Van Go, a collaboration between Richmond Valley Council and Richmond-Upper Clarence Regional Library, would expand and improve access to the Richmond Valley’s cultural offerings.

“The purchase and branding of a van will allow Council and the Library to provide mobile cultural outreach services to isolated rural areas in our community,” he said.

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