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Local Arts Groups to receive Funding Injection

North Coast National MLC Ben Franklin has announced that two Arts groups in Ballina will receive arts funding in 2016 and beyond to engage and build more audiences.

Northern Rivers Writers' Centre in Byron Bay will receive $375,000 over three years to deliver their writer engagement program including workshops, mentorships and events including the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.

Spaghetti Circus, based in Mullumbimby, will receive $55,000 in 2016 to further their community programs, residencies and performance opportunities in circus arts, community engagement and the creative industries.

Mr Franklin said regional arts funding was a huge priority for him and this funding shows a commitment to the community.

“The North Coast is a hub of artistic talent and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting local arts groups,” Mr Franklin said.

“This is not only a win for those groups, but a win for the wider community as well. The Byron Bay Writers Festival attracts more than 60,000 attendees and projects like the literary roadshow ensure the benefit is shared throughout the region.

“Likewise, Spaghetti Circus in Mullumbimby brings creative arts to youth in the region to the benefit of all. This funding will help them further their community engagement.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the government is proud to provide funding for a diverse range of programs that will further enrich the State’s dynamic arts and cultural sector.

“This funding is a key commitment under the government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework to extend the reputation of NSW as the leading state for arts and culture, while supporting job creation and the visitor economy,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing people with access to a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences, no matter where they live.”

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