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Increased funding for Gold Coast arts and culture announced

By Andrew Bell

If you're an artist looking for a way to help get exposure and show your works to the world, there are lots of ways to go about this. However, owners of Surfers Paradise property have just been provided with government-backed help following a major boost from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). 

This provides local Gold Coast artists with the opportunity to push their creativity to the next level and help the region achieve a cultural vision for the future. Mayor Tom Tate said a new era of art was being heralded into the local community through the new RADF funding. 

"Through initiatives and partnerships such as this we are supporting our local artists and cultural practitioners to be ambitious and bold in their creative endeavours," said Mr Tate in a June 11 statement. 

The funding will be put towards productions of different types, including short film, plays, drawing and paintings, and many more. Arts Minister Ian Walker said over 3,000 arts and cultural projects are expected to be funded. 

"In 2013-14, the Queensland government will provide $2.037 million, with another $1.49 million coming from 55 Queensland councils. This means $3.5 million for arts and cultural projects across the state, enabling communities to choose projects to meet their own needs and opportunities," Mr Walker explained. 

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