Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced Tamworth and Barraba have successfully secured a total of $111,305 in funding as part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF). 
Mr Anderson said Tamworth Regional Council will receive $58,500 for the TRANSMIT project while $52,805 will fund the Barraba Museum Revitalisation Project.
“This is exciting news for the Tamworth Regional Gallery as they will now be able to provide large-scale portable and permanent digital screens for the community to access events which are occurring in other galleries and universities across Australia,” Mr Anderson said.
“It will also support education programs for all ages and abilities. The screens will be located inside the Tamworth Regional Gallery and in other locations in the region. 
“TRANSMIT supports access to the arts in regional Australia, the principle priority of the gallery since it opened nearly 100 years ago. TRANSMIT will be launched on the gallery's centenary 1 June 2019.
“The revitalisation of the Barraba Museum will provide essential upgrades to the museum buildings to better support site activation, place making and access to the museum and its collection. 
“This funding will provide the money needed for essential building maintenance to provide a safe, secure and accessible museum that adequately cares for its collection. This work will improve the environment for the great group of dynamic volunteers and may encourage more to join. 
“This is a fabulous outcome for Tamworth and Barraba, and I know this project will be a great deal of joy to the people of these communities.
“The Regional Cultural Fund is all about supporting projects – whether they are big or small – that will enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of our regional communities.
“Having lived and raised a family in a regional area, I know our regional towns and cities have so much to offer in the arts and culture space.
“This fund is all about building on the rich arts and culture offering and enhancing it – not only for those living in our regional towns, but for those who’ll flock to those towns as visitors, keen for a unique arts and cultural experience” Mr Anderson concluded.
Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.
Further information about the RCF is available at www.nsw.gov.au/regionalculturalfund or email regional@arts.nsw.gov.au
Caption: Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson with Director, Tamworth Regional Gallery and Museums, Bridget Guthrie after the announcement of funding for Tamworth Regional Gallery and Barraba Museum.

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