Federal funding shining spotlight on Wodonga CBD
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan met with Wodonga City Council Chief Executive Officer Patience Harrington and Mayor Anna Speedie yesterday to personally congratulate the organisation on receiving a $18,125 federal grant for the Light Box Public Art Projection Project.
Ms McGowan said the outdoor art gallery project will increase visitation to the recently developed Junction Square and Cube Courtyard.
“The project will create silhouetted images on the side of The Cube using projected colour,” Ms McGowan said.
“The images will include a shifting canvas of colour and graphic work of artists from across the region.”
Ms McGowan said the project would also improve ambient lighting as a safety measure.
She thanked Wodonga Council for the contribution of $49,060 towards the project, which has a total cost of $71,235.
“Congratulations to the Arts Wodonga, Gigs Gallery, Arts Space Wodonga and the Albury Wodonga Artists Society for getting behind this project,” Ms McGowan said.
“The cultural economy is growing each year and is critical to the future of North East Victoria, employing people, providing entertainment and supporting our lifestyle.
“Arts, culture and heritage continue to boost tourism, and are viewed as amenities to improve our quality of life and attract and retain people in the area.”
This funding was delivered under Round Two of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).
Ms McGowan also met with Ms Harrington and Cr Speedie to discuss how she will work with Wodonga Council in the future on projects and funding. She also acknowledged the work of the current council ahead of local council elections.
Wodonga received more than $26 million in Federal Government grants in Ms McGowan’s first term as member for Indi. This included $10 million for the Wodonga City Heart project, $5million for the cardiac catherterisation lab at Albury-Wodonga Health and $4.2 million for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.