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21 February, 2023

Warraan Widji Arts project funding

Warren Performing Arts Centre will undertake much needed building refurbishment of the The Warraan Widjjj Arts project, after $250,000 was granted to the cause.

MP Sam Farraway recently joined the NSW Nationals candidate for Barwon Annette Turner to announce the funding of the Creative Capital Program. President of the Warren Performing Arts and Language Place, Karlene Irving, thanked the NSW government for their support.

"We believe that the Warraan Widji Arts project will play a significant role in the revival of the Wayilwan language and the preservation of Wayilwan cultural heritage,” Ms Irving said.

"We are excited to see the impact that this project will have on the community and the future of the performing and creative arts in Warren and beyond.

"We thank the NSW government for this investment as it is an important step in supporting the growth and development of the arts in regional communities."

 Mr Farraway said this Creative Capital funding will pay dividends for the community of Warren by delivering a much-needed facility upgrade.

"The NSW Liberal and Nationals government is proud to support the Warren Performing Arts and Language Place in their efforts to revitalise the Mechanics Institute building and create a space for the Aboriginal youth and community to share their stories and creativity,” Mr Farraway said.

"This investment of $250,000 is a testament to our government's commitment to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of regional NSW, including Wayilwan Country. "The restoration and refurbishment of the building will not only provide a functional space for the performing and creative arts, but also serve as a source of inspiration for the community and future generations."

The Warraan Widji Arts project is one of 82 projects sharing in a total of $11.7 million funding under the second round of minor works and equipment projects. These projects are the latest to receive funding as part of the $72 million Creative Capital initiative launched in 2021.

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