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 Cadell Community and Tourist Association have received a grant of $3,000 to upgrade their Heritage Centre display.

“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 offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities.” Mr Pasin said.

Cadell Community and Tourist Association Secretary Angela Lukacs said, “on behalf of the Cadell Community and Tourist Association, we would like to thank the Federal Government and Tony for the Stronger Communities CHART grant that we have just received.”

“The grant will allow us to purchase a mannequin glass display case so that we can preserve the WW2 uniform that was donated to our Heritage Centre.” Ms Lukacs said.

“We are also buying a TV screen so we can better display the hundreds of historical photos that have been kindly donated by local families. We will be able to have a slideshow that encompasses all the images which we have scanned for visitors to view.” Ms Lukacs 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.