Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced the Northern Rivers Conservatorium has successfully secured $636,000 as part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).

The refurbishment of the conservatorium is one of sixty-eight projects from 12 regions across NSW, sharing in close to $50m in the first round of grants.

The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which aims to improve not only the economic outcomes but the standard of living and wellbeing of people who call regional NSW home.

Mr George said the historic conservatorium building will be given a new look with administrative and public spaces refurbished, and a lift and internal ramps installed. “This is a fabulous outcome for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, and I know this project will be a great deal of joy to the people of Lismore,” Mr George said.

“The Regional Cultural Fund is all about supporting projects – whether they are big or small – that will enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of our regional communities.

“This has been a great win for Lismore and great example of the community having a vision to establish a strong cultural identity,” Mr George said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said he was pleased to see such a vast array of exciting projects funded as part of round one of the new arts-specific fund.

“Having grown up and raised a family in a regional area, I know our regional towns and cities can have so much to offer in the arts and culture space,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This fund is all about building on that rich arts and culture offering, and enhancing it – not only for those living in our regional towns, but for those who’ll flock to those towns as visitors, keen for a unique arts and cultural experience.

“As a government we have done a great deal of work to improve our economic position and invest heavily in infrastructure, and we want to ensure the benefits of that work extend to all sectors – and that includes supporting our arts practitioners in the regions.

“I congratulate the Northern Rivers Conservatorium on the successful outcome of its grant application, and for putting forward a project that will enhance the cultural infrastructure of Lismore Mr Barilaro said.

RCF funds will go towards projects ranging from the construction of new exhibition and performing arts spaces, to the refurbishment of libraries and museums and smaller, grass-roots community projects. Arts Minister Don Harwin said the fund was established to ensure regional NSW received its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure, no matter where you live.

“Arts and culture is at the heart of every regional community and this first round of funding is evidence that the NSW Government’s commitment to driving growth in arts, screen, culture and heritage in regional NSW is making a difference,” Mr Harwin said.

Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.

Further information about the RCF is available at www.nsw.gov.au/regionalculturalfund or email regional@arts.nsw.gov.au

PICTURE: Thomas George – Member for Lismore, John Barilaro – NSW Deputy Premier, Anita Bellman – Northern Rivers Conservatorium and supporters of the conservatorium.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.