The Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery has received funding of $5,754.55 to assess the significance of its collection through the Australian Government’s Community Heritage Grants program.
The program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups, to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the funding was a boost for the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery who work tirelessly to preserve Australia’s cultural heritage.
“I am pleased to announce this funding will support the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery to conserve and display unique local objects for today’s audiences and future generations,” Mr Pasin said.
“The project will see the cultural value of the collection assessed by a professional historian through the historical society of South Australia.
“You can’t put a value on our cultural heritage, but this funding will mean that the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery can continue their vital preservation works, which means the world to them and their entire community.”
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the grants were an important part of the Government’s commitment to safeguarding Australian’s national story.
“Cultural heritage can provide a sense of unity and belonging for Australians, and allows us to better understand previous generations and the history of where we come from,” Minister Fletcher said.
A series of online workshops and tutorials to assist grant recipients were launched last year, which has replaced the annual on-site event at the National Library of Australia. The online resources will assist recipients to prepare significance assessments of their collections and provide useful tips and insights.
“These new online resources will give grant participants the information needed to care for the incredible collections that tell so many parts of our Australian story,” Minister Fletcher said.
“These grants are about building community and regional capability so that nationally significant cultural heritage materials and collections, spread across Australia, can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.
The Australian Government has provided almost $7.7 million in grants to community organisations throughout Australia over the past 27 years to support nationally significant collections, managed by community organisations, for the benefit of all Australians.
For more information, including the full recipient list, visit: https://www.nla.gov.au/content/community-heritage-grants-4
Minister Fletcher Imre Salusinszky | 0432 535 737 | imre.salusinszky @communications.gov.au
Tony Pasin 8531 2466