Secret river business
New, secret and forgotten stories of the Murray Darling Basin will be revealed following new Federal funding for the Centenary of Canberra’s One River project.
flows into centenary
Minister for Arts, Simon Crean said the $30,000 allocation for the One River project had been made available through the Festivals Australia program, which supported 27 community festivals and projects around Australia.
“The Festivals Australia program supports regional communities to develop and nurture local artistic and creative talent by providing funding for an array of festivals, events and skill and training workshops,” Mr Crean said.
“One River will connect the national capital with regional communities, towns and waters to tell the story of the Murray Darling Basin through a collaborative community artwork.
“One River is empowering communities by building and sharing the skills of regional arts practitioners across the Murray Darling Basin and stimulating and promoting local creative talent.”
Mr Crean said the grants provided an outlet for the wealth of artistic talent throughout communities and regions.
“Engagement with arts and culture helps to cement a sense of community, increase the liveability of our regions and provide an economic boost through local tourism,” he said.
Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer said One River presented a unique opportunity for the Canberra community, in its centenary year, to engage directly in important regional issues and debate.
“I’m delighted that One River has secured extra support,” Ms Archer said.
“I always believed there could be a conversation that linked river communities with shared stories that went deeper than the water allocation battle which is so often the only aspect of river life that gets attention.
“I was delighted to learn in this role that Canberra is the largest city in the system and is connected to four states and a territory via the tributaries to the Murray Darling.”
Mr Crean said One River was also supported by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, which would deliver a series of education seminars alongside local projects.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013