THE AUSTRALIAN government has chipped in $100,000 towards the 2019 Arts Ablaze Festival to be held in Kooralbyn next year.
The grant was awarded under the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment stream.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the Kooralbyn Community with the Scenic Rim Regional Council receiving $100,000 as part of a total $237,600”, Mr Buchholz said.
“These projects will drive economic growth and transform the Kooralbyn Community for a week in 2019 into the arts hub of Queensland, ensuring that our region remains resilient and prosperous into the future.”
Councillor Rick Stanfield said planning was still in the early stages but the plan was to stage the five-day conference from October 2 to 6 at the Ramada Resort.
“It is a follow-up to the Fires on Top of Mountains finale (held in Kooralbyn in April),” he said.
“Scenic Rim has a strong arts community with some trying to develop their art so they can earn a living from it and some already earning a living from their art.
“This conference will be a wonderful opportunity for them to network and know they are not alone.
“It is also a way to highlight the arts community – and what better place than Kooralbyn, which has the ability to accommodate a conference of this size?”
Cr Stanfield said they were hoping to attract at least 300 people to the event.
Mr Buchholz said the project was an event for the regional and local art workers.
“Artists, regional arts organisations and peak bodies will be able to network, exchange ideas, develop skills and foster collaboration through professional development, workshops and an arts festival in celebration of arts and culture”, Mr Buchholz said.
“I look forward to working with the Scenic Rim Regional Council to deliver this fantastic event in 2019 and turn our region into the arts hub of Queensland”.
“This is another great outcome delivered for regional Australia.”
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