The Morrison Government continues to deliver record support to the creative and cultural sector, with 47 new projects across regional and remote Australia sharing in more than $136,000 under the third batch of grants from the $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the funding flowing from the CHART program will assist regional communities and economies to re-emerge from the pandemic.

“The CHART program promotes participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression and sharing stories of community and historical significance,” Mr Pasin said.

“Robe District Council in the Limestone Coast received a grant of $2,990 under Batch 3 of the CHART program.”

“This grant will enable the Robe District Council, in partnership with the Robe Tourism Association, to design and develop a place-based mobile tour hosted on a new ‘Discover Robe’ app, which will have informative digital stories of people and places significant to the history of Robe.”

Robe District Council Mayor Alison Nunan said “Council is elated with the opportunity to share our history with residents and visitors. Discover Robe will provide significant benefits to our community, visitors to our town and our economy.”

“This digital tool will allow visitors gain a deeper understanding of our stories and to connect with Robe’s history. Our community has identified that our history is more than the 76 heritage listed buildings and sites throughout the District. It is also the people and their experiences, trials and successes that combine with the physical environment to make our history.”

“Without the Federal Government funding this important project would not have proceeded. We thank the Member for Barker for his support with this initiative.”

“Council acknowledges the foresight of Kim Kelly to partner with Council on this project.” Ms Nunan said.

Mr Pasin said offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities is more important than ever following two years of disruption, which is why the Australian Government continues to lend a helping hand in the recovery of community-run arts and cultural organisations.

“I encourage arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Barker to apply for a CHART program grant today, which will support rebuilding local economies and preserve Australia’s cultural heritage in regional areas.” Mr Pasin said.

The CHART program is administered by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) on behalf of the Government. Applications are open until 29 April 2022, or until funding is allocated, whichever comes first.