January 20, 2022

Community museums, galleries and historical societies across regional Australia are receiving an important boost under the Morrison Government’s $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program, with the first batch of successful applicants announced.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the funding from the CHART program will assist Creative Otways Inc, Camperdown & District Historical Society Inc and Forrest & District Historical Society.

Creative Otways Inc received $3,000 to engage local sculptor Finsingle to work with the Makers Space Youth Art Group to create an interactive sculptural storytelling work, inspired by the Colac Historical Centre, to present as part of the Colac Otway Arts Trail.

Camperdown & District Historical Society Inc. received $871 to replace dated signage on the Historical Society's building, and purchase of a promotional A-frame to better advertise the Society and its services to members of the public.

Forrest & District Historical Society received $2,300 to digitise the Society’s original archive documents to simplify and streamline its operations and reach a wider audience through its website.

“With the Morrison Government’s support, we are helping rebuild our local economy through the development of collections or exhibits, improved facilities for visitors, and the digitisation of local heritage collections for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Tehan said.

“I encourage community-run arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Wannon to apply for a CHART program grant today – this will assist us to continue offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said more than $135,000 in grants would flow to 50 organisations across the country to support activities that encourage cultural tourism in regional, rural, and remote Australia.

“These grants will support the reactivation and ongoing sustainability of these successful applicants, with each playing an integral role in telling the stories of their local communities and preserving Australia’s cultural heritage,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This first batch of grants marks an important milestone in the benefits that CHART will provide to regional communities, including the promotion of regional arts tourism across Australia, which in turn will enhance arts access and increase local expenditure.”

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is delivering the program on behalf of the Government. Applications are open until 29 April 2022, or until allocated funding is expended.

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