31st January 2019
Photo (Left to right): Mike Faine, Julienne Richardson, Peter Hugill (President of ‘Friends’), David Gillespie, Alan Green, Rachel Piercy (Art Gallery Director), Karen Larkin, Dusty Walkom, Val Good (front), Yvette Hugill, Mid Coast Mayor Cr David West, Alison McIntosh
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has announced Federal funding towards the construction of a new bar and outdoor area at the Manning Regional Art Gallery.
Dr Gillespie said the Regional Art Gallery had secured $5,000 in Federal funding with a further $2,000 from MidCoast Council and $4,000 in the form of a cash and kind contribution from the Friends of the Gallery.
“I’m absolutely delighted that this project is now underway and completed with the Federal funding contribution. It will really make the outdoor area in the back courtyard of the gallery a great place for community functions and events,” Dr Gillespie said.
When complete, the new decking and bar area will incorporate a new glass washer, more storage trays and storage bench with larger opening swinging door for ease of service.
Dr Gillespie said the Art Gallery was an important cultural facility in the community and the project would lead to an improved overall experience, with more user friendly facilities, particularly for the many volunteers and community groups who use the Art Gallery.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Art Gallery Director Rachel Piercy and her team, together with the Friends of the Gallery and MidCoast Council on a wonderful project which will significantly improve and enhance this important local facility,” he added.
The Federal funding has been made available under the latest funding round of the Stronger Communities programme, each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.
Dr Gillespie said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision-making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.
“Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are awarded to successful applications and I am delighted that the local community has been able to benefit from this important initiative,” Dr Gillespie said.