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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today encouraged Indigenous arts organisations and individual artists in the region to apply for a share of $100,000 in Government funding to help showcase and promote Aboriginal arts.

Mr Grant said funding through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) aims to support projects that promote and celebrate Indigenous arts in rural NSW.

"Initiatives such as this increase participation of NSW Aboriginal people in arts and cultural activities and promote greater recognition and appreciation of NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural practice," he said.

"Funding is available of up to $3,000 for individual artists and $15,000 for organisations for projects such as workshops, performances, exhibitions, festivals or events, and artist-in-residence programs."

Arts Minister, George Souris, said Aboriginal artists and arts groups in rural NSW contribute to the social and cultural richness of the nation.

“As home to the largest Indigenous community in Australia, NSW Aboriginal artists are producing high-quality works that fuse traditional stories and culture with contemporary art forms and media,” Mr Souris said.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victor Dominello, said the active participation by Aboriginal people in the arts and cultural sectors boosts their capacity to keep their culture and communities strong.

“The arts also promote broader respect and understanding of Indigenous cultures by the broader community and provide positive role models for younger generations of Aboriginal kids.

Applications must be for programs that commence after 1 July, 2013. Applications close on 18 March, 2013. For more information and to apply, see Arts NSW website, email, or phone 1800 358 594 (free call).


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today encouraged Aboriginal artists in the Dubbo electorate to enter the 2012 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize – an annual acquisitive prize of $40,000, awarded to the finest example of contemporary Aboriginal art in New South Wales.

Mr Grant said entries are now open, and will be accepted up until Friday 3rd August 2012.

"Everyone from professional to emerging artists have the opportunity to compete for the coveted Prize, and for the chance to be included in an exhibition of finalists at Parliament House throughout October," Mr Grant said

"Now in its eighth year, the Prize is the largest combined art prize currently on offer for Aboriginal artists, featuring not only the main cash prize, but also a professional development program and generous student scholarships through the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.

"The Prize contributes over $160,000 to help foster the continued growth and development of Aboriginal art in New South Wales. This has been made possible through a joint partnership between the Parliament of NSW, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Arts NSW, the College of Fine Arts and newest event partner, Coal & Allied."

Previous winners of the award include Esme Timbery, Roy Kennedy, Danny Eastwood and the Euraba Artists and Papermakers. The 2011 prize was awarded to Leanne Tobin, for her stirring work Defending Country.

"It is life changing, not just for me but also for Darug people," Ms Tobin said.

"We have been working to try and get recognition in our country and to now have this painting in Parliament House has such significance for us. We have had people in the mountains crying with happiness over it. It is a really big win for Darug people."

Entrants can also choose to be considered for the College of Fine Arts Professional Development Award - a two week residency at the College, featuring a solo exhibition at COFAspace in 2013. Past winners have included Graham Davis King, Fabri Blacklock, Penny Evans, Frances Belle Parker and the 2011 recipient, David Nolan.

The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize will be open for entries until Friday, 3rd August 2012. For more information on eligibility criteria and for full terms and conditions of entry please contact Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 4645 4100 or by email to

An electronic version of the entry form is also available at

The 2012 Prize is currently on a tour of regional New South Wales, which has included showings at the Muswellbrook Regional Gallery and Brewarrina Visitor Information and Cultural Centre, with the next stops being the Grafton Regional Gallery (4th July – 24th August 2012) and the Tamworth Regional Gallery (15th September – 20th October 2012).


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today joined Environment and Heritage Minister Robyn Parker in encouraging locals to attend a forum in Dubbo that will canvas changes to Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation.

The forum to be held on July 10 at the Dubbo RSL Club between 1.30 – 3.30pm, will provide an opportunity for feedback on the proposed changes to the legilsation while presenting a comparison of the NSW Aboriginal heritage system with other Australian legislative systems.

The Dubbo forum is one of 11 such forums to be held across the State from Queanbeyan to Coffs Harbour and Broken Hill.

“Aboriginal culture and heritage provide important links between the past and present and is an essential part of cultural identity, connection and a sense of belonging," said Mr Grant.

 “The NSW Government wants to get this consultation process right by ensuring that the community are given ample opportunities to be involved," Minister Parker said.

“Something as significant as Aboriginal cultural heritage ought not be diluted within legislation relating primarily to the protection of plants and animals."

Information on the forums has been sent to community and stakeholder groups across NSW, and is also available at

For further information on the feedback forums visit


Monday, September 19, 2011
Aboriginal people can make a much greater impact on resolution of local issues by becoming involved in Local Government; the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said yesterday when he spoke at the Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference in Dubbo.

Mr Grant- who represented the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell at the conference- said an elected Aboriginal councillor can become the source of change in relations between the Aboriginal community and the local council.
"Consider this point, at most council elections in NSW, the percentage of Aboriginal candidates and councillors is less than two per cent across the state, less than the proportion of the state’s Aboriginal population," Mr Grant said.
"I encourage more Aboriginal people to consider a role in local government, and for the Local Government network to play a role in making this become a reality."

Mr Grant said we cannot overestimate the benefits of having Aboriginal people in local government.
"Especially with regard to the issues of heritage and culture, which as you know are critical to all Aboriginal communities. Irreparable damage can be controlled by the council, either as the approval body under planning law for new developments or as the body doing the works. The important thing is that councils take Aboriginal heritage into account as early on as possible."

Mr Grant said the Planning Minister has instructed all councils making new plans to conduct an Aboriginal heritage study first.

"Councils are also developing their own Aboriginal heritage plans that document the Aboriginal heritage study and set a clear process for Aboriginal community consultation and how Aboriginal heritage fits in with other council plans," Mr Grant said.

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