A stunning line-up of new arts projects is set to take place in Murray thanks to support from the latest round of the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program, announced today by Member for Murray Austin Evans and Arts Minister, Don Harwin.

The local organisations in Murray that were selected for the program include:

  • Burambabili Gulbali, receiving $4,200
  • Festival of Small Halls, receiving $4,800
  • Hillston Creative Arts Council Inc, receiving $2,800
  • Leeton Shire Council, receiving two grants of $3,000 and $2,600
  • Moama Echuca Adventure Playpark, receiving $3,900
  • Murrumbidgee Regional Conservatorium of Music Inc, receiving $3,000
  • Outback Theatre for Young People, receiving $3,000


Mr Evans said it’s tremendous to hear that so many talented regional artists are being supported through this fund and I look forward to seeing each project launched in our local community.

“These projects are eight of a fantastically diverse selection of artists and organisations that we are proud to support and help bring to life through this funding,” he said.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin added that the annual program aims to drive creative and vibrant state-wide arts projects that engage diverse audiences and promote an innovative NSW arts and cultural sector.

“Increasing access and participation in arts and cultural experiences drives economic benefits across the regions and also enables positive social impacts too, including greater awareness, appreciation and expression of our cultural diversity.”

The CASP fund is a devolved grants program administered each year by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW.

Grants of up to either $3,000 or $5,000 (depending on region) are available primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation, with applications assessed by 14 regionally-based panels coordinated by the local Regional Arts Boards.

For further information on the Create NSW Country Arts Support Program funds and other opportunities, including targeted support, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au.


Burambabili Gulbali: Weaving on the Plains Project ($4,200)

Through a series of workshops with cultural mentor support, a group of Hay Aboriginal Elders and community members will have the opportunity to learn and experience traditional weaving skills and techniques.

Festival of Small Halls: First Nation Public Art Installation ($4,800)

A renowned Yorta Yorta artist and Elder will be engaged in recognition and celebration of Indigenous culture of the area. The artist will work with the children of Finley, Berrigan and Tocumwal to develop and create an installation that will be unveiled during NAIDOC week 2019.

Hillston Creative Arts Council Inc.: Hillston Emu Antics Project ($2,800)

Aimed at inspiring the local community and providing a fun new visitor experience, this project will install three new public art pieces in the township of Hillston based on the Emu, which is integral to the landscape and community region.

Leeton Shire Council: NAIDOC Week in Leeton 2019 ($3,000)

In 2019 Leeton Shire Council will invite Aboriginal Cultural Groups to host cultural activities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of NAIDOC Week Celebrations.

Leeton Shire Council: Small Art Adventures ($2,600)

Small Art Adventures is a class-based project designed to introduce preschool-age children to arts and craft, have fun and be creative with others. Artworks will be centred around a theme to suit their skill level, age and preference.

Moama Echuca Adventure Play Park: Sporting Legends in the Park ($3,900)

The Moama Play Park committee will liaise with a local artist and Secondary College staff to research local sporting legends. Once determined, the students and artist will create designs that can be adapted onto eight wooden bollards in the park.

Murrumbidgee Regional Conservatorium of Music Inc.: Western Riverina Community Music Workshops ($3,000)

Young people in the Western Riverina with an interest in furthering their musical studies will have access to diverse and interactive workshops led by high quality music teachers and musicians.

Outback Theatre for Young People: Small Town – Big Ideas creative engagement workshop series ($3,000)

Locally based community theatre, artist Angela Frost will collaborate with the community of Barham. Offering creative workshops for students from primary and high school in town, the project will build skills, foster collaboration, and provide a creative outlet for young people in the area.