THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
THE HON PAUL FLETCHER MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure,
Cities and the Arts
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
The Mornington Peninsula Arts sector has received a major boost today in its recovery from COVID-19, from the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.
Under the fifth batch of RISE, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery was awarded $300,000.
Federal Member for Flinders the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said the funding will provide critical support for the Mornington Peninsula Arts Community and local artists.
“It’s fantastic to see our local Arts community across the Mornington Peninsula receive needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“This $300,000 will go to the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to set up a multi-sited public art event, commissioning 15 Australian artists to respond to key sites and stories that have shaped our Mornington Peninsula.”
“Like our many small businesses and community organisations across the Mornington Peninsula, artists contribute to their local communities, and it’s important they can continue to do so.”
Danny Lacy, the Gallery Director for the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery commented: “MPRG is thrilled to receive a $300,000 RISE grant, which will ensure we can work in partnership with Deakin University’s Public Art Commission to deliver an ambitious public art project that celebrates key sites and stories on the Mornington Peninsula.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said this $20 million in funding is especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.
“Demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 23,000 employment opportunities across the country,” Minister Fletcher said.
“Our commitment to these organisations will play an important part in rebuilding our local arts and entertainment sectors, and will assist in the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations throughout the Mornington Peninsula.”
To date, the Government has already allocated $160 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating more than 167,000 job opportunities and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.
The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021- 22.
Fletcher: Christine Byllaardt | 0409 433 357 | Christine.VandenByllaardt@communications.gov.au