Federal funding boosts future of region’s thriving art scene
12 October 2021
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG) is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best regional galleries and today the Federal Government supported the gallery’s integral role in the community with the funding announcement of $2m to transform the current site into an exciting cultural hub.
Funded through the Building Better Regions Fund, plans for the extension retain the integrity of the original design and provide much needed additional space for both the gallery and the Stanthorpe Library. The upgrade will accommodate the growing community and cultural needs and increasing visitor numbers to the region.
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi thanked the Federal Government for recognising the art gallery’s strong links with the community and said the project would ensure the facility would continue to grow alongside the vibrant local art scene.
“The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery anchors the Granite Belt art experience for visitors and provides locals with a cultural and creative hub,” Mayor Pennisi said.
“Our libraries are also increasingly fulfilling a role as safe spaces where community members can find reprieve from isolated living and we need to prepare for this increasing need.
“This announcement is the next step in the vision of realising and transforming Weerona Park into a dynamic arts and cultural precinct.
“Whether it’s reconnecting with literature, learning new skills, enjoying the music or engaging with the arts, it will become a destination in its own right.
“Our sincere thanks to the Federal Government and the Building Better Regions Fund, the countless hours spent by volunteers and our officers who have all contributed to delivering this exciting outcome.”
Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud said the Government’s investment will deliver better facilities and create economic opportunities across the electorate.
“This is a proud day for the region in our fight to make sure we get our fair share,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The Government is backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery.
“Each one of these projects has the potential to transform the Southern Downs. This is all part of our Government’s commitment to secure the future of regional Australia.”
The Federal Government also announced $40k for the Supply Chain Mapping Strategy and $25k for the Residential Attraction Strategy.