New Regional Arts Development Fund members and guidelines

Cr David Lewis said the RADF was a partnership between the Queensland Government and Council that invested in quality arts and cultural experiences based on local priorities.

“The Fraser Coast has a colourful and vibrant cultural life, and Council is keen to ensure the community has opportunities to appreciate arts, heritage and cultural diversity,” he said.

“RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture, and heritage as key drivers to support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for local artists and local communities.

“The program will have a total budget of $126,975 in 2023/24 with applications opening on 11 October 2023 for projects being delivered between 12 December 2023 and 28 February 2025.

“Funding of up to $2000 is available to build the capacity and skills of local creatives through professional development or concept development, while funding of up to $10,000 is available towards local arts and cultural festivals, events and programs.

“Council is determined to create connected communities through our places, spaces and people and programs like the RADF help us achieve that goal.”

Cr Lewis welcomed Cherie Treloar and Kym Walker as the two new Fraser Coast Regional Arts Development Fund Committee community members and thanked outgoing members Dr Katie Burke and Robert Mackay.

Ms Treloar and Ms Walker join existing community members Nicky Fernandes, Paul Damms, Jillian Thompson and Suzanne Bushell, and elected representatives Cr Lewis and Deputy Mayor Denis Chapman.

Find out more about RADF at

More information, including program guidelines and examples of eligible projects and activities under the grant programs, are available on Council’s website at

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