Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced $155,725 for a project that symbolizes and pays respect to Aboriginal culture in the Gunnedah region. 

Mr Anderson the Gunnedah Rainbow Serpent water feature project received the funds through round two of the $100 million Regional Cultural Fund. 

“Its projects like the one proposed for Gunnedah that offer new experiences for both local and overseas visitors, leading to more tourism dollars and jobs.

“I’ve been working with Gunnedah Shire Council and they are contributing 54 per cent of this $332,955 project that symbolizes and pays respect to the traditional Kamilaroi story of the Rainbow Serpent.

“The Rainbow Serpent Water Feature will be adorned with 32 hand crafted glass mosaic tiles that are approximately 500mm in diameter, and created by the Kamilaroi Women’s Group. 

“The interactive public art piece will be located at the front of Gunnedah's Cultural Precinct, in the CBD of Gunnedah. 

“I’m always thinking of ways I can help improve communities in our region so it is great news to hear the Rainbow Snake project was chosen from a very competitive field of 159 applications,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Gunnedah Shire Councillor, Cr Owen Hasler said the Rainbow Snake project had been on the drawing board for about 16 years.

“This is great news for the ladies who began this project and for Gunnedah,” Cr Hasler said.

“They’ve been waiting for this announcement for a number of years and we have been patiently storing the tiles which we can finally use.”

For more information about the Regional Cultural Fund, visit https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/regional-cultural-fund/regional-cultural-fund-2/ 

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