Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today announced Burrawang School of Arts will benefit from $2 million in funding thanks to the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program.

Burrawang School of Arts is one of 23 projects funded under the Medium to Large Projects category as part of the $72 million Creative Capitalfunding.

Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the funding will benefit the Southern Highlands and provide new opportunities for audiences to engage in arts and cultural experiences across communities with quality cultural infrastructure.

“Cultural equity is at the heart of the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program and thanks to the $72 million investment – more projects like this can now realise their ambitions, providing more people with access to arts and culture, no matter where they live in the state,” Mr Franklin said.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the NSW Government’s investment to support quality arts venues for the community that will boost tourism and the local economy.

The project will see multiple improvements to the 140-year-old infrastructure at the Burrawang School of Arts.

Mark Keech, President of Burrawang School of Arts said the overall objective of the improvements project is to enhance the performance facilities, operational efficiency and rectify a number of safety risks.

“This investment will improve the facilities to attract high quality performing arts, cultural and community clients to book performances, exhibitions and more – as well as allowing for greater audience capacity”, Mr Keech said.

“This targeted support will deliver excellent opportunities for the economy and help us provide better cultural experiences for our local audiences and visitors to enjoy, and I am delighted the NSW Government is investing in the Southern Highlands” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Further details on the Creative Capital program are available on the Create NSW website at www.create.nsw.gov.au.