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Boost for the arts in Charleville.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

13 November 2002

Boost for the Arts in Charleville Performing Arts enthusiasts in Charleville will be able to get hands-on experience in professional theatre, thanks to money provided under the Federal Government Regional Arts Fund.

Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today congratulated Charleville Theatre Company, which has been allocated $12,000 under the second round of Regional Arts funding.

“This funding recognises the creative talent we have in Charleville, and it will help us to continue to grow and develop that talent,” Mr Scott said.

Under the initiative, a professional drama worker will conduct workshops in Charleville - interacting with community members to develop a piece of theatre related to key social issues. The theatrical piece will also involve music and dance.

“This tremendous opportunity proves that you do not have to live in Capital Cities to enjoy the wonderful world of arts. The final result should certainly be something Charleville could be truly proud of, “ Mr Scott said.

“The project will also engage community members to on a range of related projects including set construction and catering.”

The Regional Arts Fund provides funds directly to regional arts organisations in each State and Territory—where applications are assessed by an independent panel.

“Having the applications assessed in each state and territory helps to make certain there is local relevance to the projects,” Mr Scott said.

The Regional Arts Fund has provided $12.5 million since it was established in 1996, and will allocate $7.6 million over the next three years—including $2.5 million this year alone for regional arts in Australia.

“The Regional Arts Fund is helping artistic and cultural activity flourish in communities like ours across the country,” Mr Scott said.

For more information freecall 1800 226 912 or email: mail@ozco.gov.au

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