McKinlay Shire announces RADF project winners

McKinlay Shire Council Mayor Belinda Murphy has announced the latest round of successful RADF projects in the shire.
McKinlay Shire Council Mayor Belinda Murphy has announced the latest round of successful RADF projects in the shire.

Projects including drawing, mosaics and traditional bush skills are among the latest creative projects funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund from McKinlay Shire Council, according to Mayor Belinda Murphy.

“In this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, we will see stimulating arts projects come to life totalling $27,650,” Cr Murphy said.

A highlight of the round being a youth arts project which will engage Rocky Instincts to deliver a variety of traditional bush skills during the September school holidays.

Activities will include rope making, stone age tool creation, candle and torch creation, all of which relate back to our human instincts, the mayor said.

There will also be a community mosaic workshop, whereby a design will be fabricated to reinvigorate the water feature outside the Julia Creek Medical Centre.

Artist Claudia Williams has been a favourite in the community in recent years, leading the mosaic chair and pool projects as well.

The newly formed Julia Creek Art Group are taking their hand to drawing with determination. The multi-discipline workshop will explore observational skills regarding proportion, scale, light and depth.

It will teach how to use tone using several different techniques, and experiment with pencil, pen, pastel, willow charcoal, ink and paint.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This funding promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally.”

Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members.

For the more information on RADF in McKinlay Shire, contact RADF Liaison Officer Jade Lyons on 07 47467 166 or visit Council’s website.