The local arts sector has received a major boost today in its recovery from COVID-19, with the Rural City of Murray Bridge awarded a share of more than $40 million, under the fourth batch of grants from the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said this funding is especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.
“I am pleased to announce that Rural City of Murray Bridge have received $88,500 through Batch Four of the RISE Fund,” Mr Pasin said.
“This funding will provide support for the Rural City of Murray Bridge to create a mural artwork on the Viterra Grain Silo on Railway Terrace, Murray Bridge.”
“The Silo Art Project will benefit local communities through attracting South Australian and interstate travellers and tourists to visit this site.”
“The project also aims to contribute to the South Australian arts sector, encourage interest in the Australian Silo Art Trail and improve the profile of the region,” Mr Pasin said.
Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said he envisages the silo mural artwork will be a ‘centrepiece’ or ‘beacon’ artwork that will connect to a growing number of artworks within walking distance in the Murray Bridge CBD.
“It will create an iconic silo mural artwork will inspire a sense of community pride and appreciation of this beautiful Rural City.” said Mayor Lewis.
Mr Pasin said the demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 56,000 employment opportunities across the country.
In March 2020, the Morrison Government announced the RISE Fund would receive an extra $125 million, building on an original commitment of $75 million.
To date, the Government has already allocated $140 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating more than 145,000 job opportunities and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.
The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021- 22.
The full list of Batch Four RISE recipients will be published by the Office for the Arts in the coming weeks at: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update
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