The Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey have jointly announced funding for a new Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre in Ceduna to replace the existing premises which are no longer fit for purpose.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the aboriginal art industry is one of the most successful enterprises in remote communities and this centre will give expanded opportunities of employment while providing the town with an excellent tourist attraction.
Mr Ramsey said the project was identified as a priority for the local Aboriginal community through the Far West Aboriginal Tourism Strategy and he was proud to have secured this vital funding to see the project come to fruition.
“The Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation has identified tourism as a priority for their community and we are pleased to be able to support their aspirations to create new jobs and showcase their art and culture,” he said.
“These works will see the construction of an art gallery, café and accommodation facilities to unlock a whole range of new economic opportunities.”
Mr Ramsey said he visits the art centre quite often and is amazed by some of the outstanding work.
“Having better, custom built premises to foster and display work can only help develop the industry,” Mr Ramsey said.
“This investment is being made out of existing funding within the $5.2 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy which is building safer communities, getting kids to school and creating new jobs.
Mr Scullion said the Government is investing $800,000 to construct this centre and showcase the region’s indigenous art, culture and heritage and support new jobs for aboriginal residents.
“Rowan Ramsey understands just how important this project is and he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation to ensure this job-creating investment could be delivered.” he said
“The Morrison Government is committed to working in partnership with all Aboriginal communities throughout South Australia, including in the Far West, to ensure we create jobs and support the economic aspirations of Aboriginal Australians.
“But the reality is we can only fund critical projects like this by carefully managing the economy and balancing the budget.”
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April 29 2019