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$2.1 Million To Transform Six Small Towns

Creativity is set to make a big impact on some of Victoria’s smallest towns with each receiving $350,000 to undertake an ambitious two-year project to transform their communities.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today congratulated the towns of Birregurra, Lake Tyers Beach, Narrawong, Rainbow, Girgarre and a collective of Western Port waterline townships, whose projects were selected from 73 proposals as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Town Transformations program.

The community-led projects will commence in August 2016 and will be completed by October 2018. They are:

  • Birregurra – to transform its idle Mechanics Institute Hall and other local spaces into thriving arts and cultural venues.
  • Girgarre – for a sound and light project that will connect community members with leading international artists. Together they will create multiple works that tell the story of the town and its residents while also establishing a new outdoor performance space and revitalising the local town hall.
  • Western Port Waterline Townships Pioneer Bay, Grantville, Tenby Point, Corinella andCoronet Bay will join forces for a project that will connect the towns and create a spectacular outdoor installation and arts event celebrating the local natural and built environment.
  • Lake Tyers Beach – to create a floating arts space that will occupy Lake Tyers. Working with the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, this project will present a year-long artistic program and provide a unique environment for artists to work in residence.
  • Narrawong – to create two permanent public art installations at Mt Clay and the Narrawong Community Reserve that reflect on the Aboriginal heritage and culture of the area.
  • Rainbow – to revitalise an historic school building and grounds into ‘The Oasis’, a creative community destination with a strong international connection.

The 2016 Small Town Transformations program is part of the Victorian Government’s $20 million Regional Arts Package delivered in the 2015/16 State Budget.

This is in addition to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, which provided $152 million to deliver a strong program of support to the creative and cultural sector whilst delivering strong economic benefits.

The program is managed by Regional Arts Victoria. For further details about the 2016-2018 Small Town Transformations projects visit smalltowns.rav.net.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“Creative projects have the power to transform people and places. The Small Town Transformations projects show how they can enhance liveability, drive tourism and the local economy and strengthen communities.”  

“This investment is line with our creative industries strategy – Creative State which will deliver creative and cultural results, jobs and investment throughout Victoria.”

“Six towns are about to embark on an ambitious adventure that puts artistic practice at the centre of their community life. While these grants are substantial, ultimately transformation is priceless.”