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.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum Inc have received a grant of $3,000 to install of a new collection of photographs within the Gallery display space.

“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 Pasin 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.”

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

Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum Treasurer Shirley Smedley said, “on behalf of the Bordertown & District Agricultural Museum Inc, we would like to thank the Federal Government for the Stronger Communities CHART grant that we have just received.”

“This means a great deal to us as we have been given a number of old photographs of the Tatiara District. We can now get these enlarged and framed to set up a Photographic Gallery at Clayton Farm Heritage Museum in Bordertown for future generations to enjoy and discover more about our district’s past.” Ms Smedley said.

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.