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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

$37.5 million in Indigenous arts and cultural support

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14 August 2008

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Arts Minister, Peter Garrett and Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin today announced more than $37 million in funding for Indigenous arts, cultural, languages and broadcasting programs across Australia in 2008–09.

Visiting the Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Centre in Port Adelaide Mr Garrett said the funding, through four Government programs, would support the activities of almost 250 organisations providing invaluable support, services and programs to Indigenous Australians.

“It is a real pleasure to announce more than $37 million in funds at Kurruru, who themselves will receive more than $105,000 under the Indigenous Culture Support program, and meet with and experience the work of these young dance students.

“All Australians will enjoy the cultural benefits which will flow from the projects that receive these funds; the dance, festivals, music, television and radio productions, the art and crafts, and the revival and strengthening of our Indigenous languages.

“For many Indigenous communities, these arts, broadcasting, language and cultural activities are their lifeblood, generating economic benefits, showcasing the skills of Indigenous artists and performers, and keeping communities connected.”

Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin said community art centres held a special place in communities, not only as a meeting place but as a valuable source of income and employment for the residents."The funding being announced today will ensure community arts centres continue to play that important role.

“In the same way, the $14 million we’re announcing for the Indigenous Broadcasting Program recognises how essential these services are in helping people stay connected with their families, culture and communities as well as providing security for people living in remote communities.”

The Australian Government arts and cultural funding of $37.5 million in 2008–09 supports the following programs, the:

For full details on the projects funded across Australia visit www.arts.gov.au/indigenous 

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