David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Funding boost to stimulate cultural tourism across Maranoa

February 23, 2022

The Federal Government continues to provide critical support to community museums, galleries and historical societies across regional and remote Australia under the second batch of the $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said that more than $10,978 in grants would flow to four Maranoa organisations under Batch 2 to support activities that will encourage visitation to the region.

“We know that tourism is vital for driving economic growth in regional Australia,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Coalition Government is pleased to continue stimulating this growth under CHART with the promotion of our community arts sector – something that is invaluable to our regions and wider arts sector.”

The second batch of CHART program funding will assist the following Maranoa projects:

  1. $3,000 for a Photographic Exhibition – A Walk in the Park: a decade of plant and bird photography at Myall Park Botanic Garden, Glenmorgan
  2. $3,000 for refurbishment and repair of Kidmans Mud Hut in Bedourie, including internal floors and walls and the external walls.
  3. $1,978 to upgrade the public address system in exhibition spaces at the Warwick Art Gallery to enhance the Gallery’s visitor experience at functions and events.
  4. $3,000 for purchase of equipment that will help volunteers maintain the large grounds and gardens at Dalby’s Pioneer Park Museum.

Mr Littleproud said the funding flowing from the CHART program is timely as community-run arts and cultural organisations look to return to normal operations following some two years of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

“Both our local economy and community have been affected by the ongoing effects of restrictions and isolation. However, thanks to the Australian Government, we are able to support the development of appealing cultural tourism experiences that will reignite the economy and participation in the Arts.

“I encourage arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Maranoa to apply for a CHART program grant today,” he said.

The CHART program is being administered by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) on behalf of the Government. Applications are open until 29 April 2022, or until funding is allocated, whichever comes first.