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Southern Grampians Shire scores Festivals Australia grant.

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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: Web:

Media Release DavidHawkerMP Federal Member for Wannon

12 November 2004


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today congratulated the Southern Grampians Shire Council on receiving a grant from Festivals Australia - the Australian Government’s program for arts-based projects at regional and community festivals.

The $5000 Festivals Australia grant to Southern Grampians Shire Council will enable it to commission Australian female composer, Hildy Essex, to write a piece of music for soprano Deborah Kayser and female vocalist group, Merlot. The words for the music will be written by local female poet, Pru McAlpin, and will reflect local culture and landscape. The Women in Song project will be performed at the Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music during 21-24 April, 2005. In addition, vocal and choral workshops will be run by Deborah Kayser and Douglas Lawrence during the Promenade of Sacred Music.

The Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music is an annual festival of fine music in the historic churches and unique venues throughout Hamilton and surrounding townships. The festival celebrates many forms of music including early and contemporary, instrumental and choral, performed by both local and professional artists.

The inaugural Promenade of Sacred Music was held in 2001. The festival showcases performances of fine music in the historic and unique churches and venues of Hamilton and other towns in the Southern Grampians Shire - an event that celebrates the region’s performing arts strengths, history, architectural heritage and culture

“I congratulate the Southern Grampians Shire Council for its successful application in a highly competitive field,” Mr Hawker said.

“This is the second consecutive year the Promenade of Sacred Music has been supported by Festivals Australia.

“Festivals Australia gives all Australians, wherever they live, the opportunity to access a range of creative and quality cultural activities that have significant meaning to them and their communities.

In addition to the Southern Grampians Shire Council, previous Wannon recipients of Festivals Australian funding include the Koroit Irish Festival, Glenelg Shire Council and Warrnambool City Council.



Grants for Festivals Australia are offered twice yearly. The deadline for applications in the next round of funding is 15 February 2005. For further information about the program and grant applications, telephone 1800 819 461 (free call) or visit the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts website at

Meanwhile, in other arts news, Regional Arts Fund 2005 grant guidelines and applications are now available at or by contacting David Hawker’s electorate office.

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government, supporting the arts in regional, rural and remote Australia. Grants are available for individuals (up to $15,000) and organisations (up to $30,000).

The Regional Arts Fund is designed to support arts and cultural projects that offer long-term impact, sustainability and skills development opportunities. Projects should demonstrate partnerships between professional artists, arts & cultural groups, businesses, local government and the wider community.


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Megan Campbell 5572 1100


Jane Roads Events Co-Ordinator, Southern Grampians Shire 5573 0480