Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon John McVeigh and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
• $34,090 for upgrade to Tangentyere Artists Art Centre under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund
• 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million
Aboriginal art in Central Australia is set to receive a boost following the announcement of a successful project under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion said the project was a significant investment in the world-renowned Aboriginal art that comes from the Centre.
“This is a fantastic outcome for Alice Springs and Central Australia, with Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation receiving a $34,090 investment towards upgrades of the Tangentyere Artists Art Centre,” Senator Scullion said.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, said funding for the project would upgrade the Tangentyere Artists Centre building to install reverse cycle air conditioning, repair a leaking roof and upgrade storm water drains to create a high quality professional gallery and studio.
“It will also provide older artists or artists with disabilities a more comfortable and productive place to work. The project will address electrical safety issues; provide training and Indigenous employment; and encourage tourism,” Ms Price said.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total leveraged project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.
“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done.It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities”.
“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018-19 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund – a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.