Funding boost for regional arts networks

Regional Arts Development Organisations in NSW have secured increased funding after a sustained call for more support.
a woman painting a watercolour sitting on a rock in the bush

Earlier this week, the NSW Government announced a long awaited funding increase to NSW’s 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs), increasing their core State Government funding from $168,000 to $200,000 per annum.

Regional Arts NSW Chair Julie Briggs welcomed the news which the sector has been calling for over the past eight years. ‘As the peak body for the arts and cultural sector in regional NSW, we have, since 2014, consistently lobbied for RADO core funding to rise to $200,000 per annum,’ she said in a statement.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).