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Fraser Coast arts committee appointments

Fraser Coast Regional Council has announced the appointment of four new members to the Regional Arts Development Committee.

The new members are Paul Damms, Nicky Fernandes, Jillian Thompson and Suzanne Bushell.

Mr Bushell is a professional visual artist with 35-years-experience in painting, drawing and sculpture and acting. Mr Damms is a musician and music teacher at Xavier Catholic College, and president of the Hervey Bay City Musicians. Until her retirement, Jillian Thompson was Head of School of Textile Art and Design, Darwin (Indigenous) for 16 years; while Ms Fernandes has a background in theatre, journalism and design.

The remainder of the committee are Dr Katie Burke and Robert Mackay. Councillors David Lewis and James Hansen were also appointed to the committee.

“The committee consists of independent community members who advise Council on matters relating to the Fraser Coast RADF program,” Cr Lewis said.

“The Fraser Coast has a vibrant arts scene and the RADF grants help local artists develop their skills, stage exhibitions and events or bring experts to the region for workshops.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between state and local government which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on priorities determined locally.

Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Government will provide $2.13 million for RADF 2022–2023 to a total of 59 local councils, who will contribute a co-investment amount of over $1.9 million.

“Established in 1991, RADF is a long-standing success story between the Queensland Government and regional councils, enabling local artists and arts workers to tell their rich and unique stories, boosting regional employment opportunities and other positive economic outcomes,” Minister Enoch said.  

“For 31 years RADF has provided a legacy of creating new art and cultural experiences for Queensland audiences and communities, and a platform for professional development and growth across the regional arts sector.”

More information about the RADF grants, including the categories and guidelines, is available at

Applications for the next round of the RADF will open on 10 October 2022.

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