Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine will use the budget funds to boost local art events.
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine will use the budget funds to boost local art events.

$135k boost to help jazz festival

THE new Council budget has brought welcome funds to the Warwick Art Gallery, which will receive a $135,300 boost.

Gallery director Karina Devine was pleased the popular tourist attraction – often visited by Southern Downs Regional councillors – had been allocated the money, which will mostly go towards the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

“The advertising for the festival is of a high quality, and the cost doubles every year,” Ms Devine said.

She said the rest of the funds would be used to operate the gallery as well as support several travelling exhibitions.

The two major travelling exhibitions which the Warwick Gallery will host are The Video Dome and 12 Degrees of Latitude.

The Video Dome is an inflatable exhibit from Western Australia and collaborates art and science, and 12 Degrees of Latitude is a collection of smaller exhibits from regional galleries which are travelling the State.

A payment of $115,030 was also set aside for Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

Council also set aside $39,583 to go into the Regional Arts Development Fund, which assists the professional development and employment of arts and cultural workers in regional Queensland.

Meanwhile, Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism board chairwoman Margaret Cairns was happy to receive $142,000 from the 2010/11 SDRC budget.

“We're delighted that the Council has continued to fund local tourism,” Mrs Cairns said.



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