THE state government has announced a $7 million funding package to establish a “cultural hub” in Bendigo as part of the upcoming state budget.
The funding seeks to further consolidate Bendigo’s position as a major player in regional arts in Australia, including a multicultural focus.
Bendigo will host a national arts and culture conference, develop community participations programs to “celebrate multicultural communities”, establish a creative industries hub and support the creation of landmark works in the city.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the funding would make the arts an even more important part of Bendigo’s economy.
“Our vibrant creative scene brings people to Bendigo, supporting local jobs in galleries, restaurants and hospitality,” she said.
“This critical investment will help bring blockbuster exhibitions to Bendigo, celebrate our diverse community and ensure it remains the creative capital of central Victoria.”
The funding is part of a $152 million package to support Victoria’s creative and cultural sector.
At the heart of the funding will be Creative State – a $115 million program to develop talent in film and television, digital games, design, fashion, music and performing and visual arts.
The funding will cover $16.4 million for Victoria’s design industry, $14.2 million to the screen industry, $33.7 million to develop international career pathways and $20 million for a creative hub in the Latrobe Valley and a gallery in Shepparton.
Minister for creative industries Martin Foley said the program would develop new growth areas for Victoria.
“Victoria has the best of everything - but we can't take it for granted. The Creative State will create jobs, develop local talent and grow our creative industries,” he said.
“Creative State lays out our plan for making Victoria a global creative centre and the place of choice for people embarking on creative careers.”
The program will begin from July.