​Local communities to benefit from 11 new arts and cultural projects


Eleven community organisations across the state have received a total of $2.5 million from NSW Government's ClubGRANTS program for new and upgraded arts and cultural infrastructure.  

The projects will benefit theatres, galleries and museums and provide new cultural experiences for local communities.

There are some great projects being funded including a new rail museum at Bathurst, a modernised arts theatre at Cronulla, a fit-out of new Lismore Regional Art Gallery and an upgrade to the Wiradjuri Aboriginal cultural centre in the Central West.

Over $50 million in ClubGRANTS is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency relief and arts and culture.

Eleven arts and cultural infrastructure projects were chosen from an strong field of more than 250 applications from organisations across NSW.

These innovative projects will support construction of high quality, well designed infrastructure to provide more enriching arts and cultural experiences for local residents and visitors.

ClubGRANTS  are funded through a rebate of 0.4 per cent of gaming machine profits over $1 million from the State's registered clubs.     ​

Arts and culture infrastructure grants

Rail Museum, Bathurst - $200,000
Construction of a Rail Museum in Bathurst will provide an additional high quality cultural facility for regional NSW through restoring and extending the historic Railway Institute Building Building. The museum will feature the historic rail line between Lithgow and Bathurst and contain items and stories reflecting the importance of rail for NSW.   

Batlow Literary Institute, Batlow - $276,000
The refurbishment of the Institute will improve the facility with air conditioning, a commercial grade kitchen, audio-visual equipment and additional seating.  

Bundanon Artist in Residence Project, Illaroo - $131,000
These facilities support both the nationally and internationally acclaimed Artist in Residence program. Six separate buildings will be upgraded with installation of air-conditioning and solar energy systems.

Devonian Fossil Research and Storage Facility, Canowindra - $300,000
The project will see construction of a purpose-built storage facility and research building to house 370 million-year-old fish fossil slabs. The internationally significant fossils are from the Devonian period - 410 to 360 million years ago – and unique to Canowindra.

Arts Theatre, Cronulla - $100,000
Renovations will double the current foyer space and provide audiences with dual entrances as well as disabled access to the foyer from a lift.

Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre, Forbes - $270,000
Works will see the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre almost triple in size with the development along Lake Forbes of a new area to help the Forbes community and visitors learn about the Wiradjuri culture.

Gulgong Holtermann Museum, Gulgong - $287,000
Construction of stage two buildings for the Gulgong Holtermann Museum including the restoration of the rear wall of the main historic building. The building works will include an exhibition room with office space, visitor reception, library and research area, a courtyard and multi-purpose storage facility.

Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore - $300,000
Fit-out for the redeveloped Lismore Regional Gallery, the signature component of the newly created arts precinct for Lismore, the 'Lismore Quadrangle'. The fit-out will include gallery lighting, moveable walls and artwork hanging infrastructure.

Rusten House Arts Centre, Queanbeyan - $250,000
Restore and fit-out Rusten House, a centrally located, heritage listed property gifted to Queanbeyan City Council by the NSW Government in 2015. The council plans to reinvigorate the historic property and turn it into an arts, heritage and cultural hub.

Robertson School of Arts, Robertson - $217,672
Renovation of the Robertson School of Arts Hall. Built in 1855, the School of Arts Hall is a heritage listed building owned by the Robertson community and managed by the Robertson School of Arts Committee. Works include upgrades and provision for disability access and public amenities.

Embroiderers' Guild NSW, Concord West - $177,298
The project includes redevelopment of the Guild's headquarters building and completion of the fit-out of the education and resource areas with new lighting, joinery and storage.