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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


An exhibition to highlight the role of the Wiradjuri people to the wider community is just part of an initiative being undertaken by the Millthorpe and District Historical Society.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced the museum would receive a grant of more than $20,000 from the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program for 2020-21.

It was successful in its application for a project called “A Corner of Millthorpe History” which includes a Wiradjuri exhibition to display the collection of Indigenous items held by the museum.

The museum also plans to work with local Aboriginal elders to create an audio visual component of the exhibition.

Further to this, the aim is to create a village display, incorporating local pioneers and the businesses which helped forged Millthorpe’s rich history.

Mr Toole said the funding would ensure local history is not lost as it includes scope for an archives corner to be built to allow storage and access to the museum’s collection of paper archives.

CCTV security cameras and monitoring will also be installed thanks to the funding.

“This funding is an encouraging investment in our community that recognises and nurtures our local talent, and it's a real win for the Millthorpe and District Historical Society which can now charge forward and develop and deliver important works to entertain visitors the village.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the funding will support the State’s talented artists, workers and organisations and deliver strong arts and cultural outcomes for NSW audiences.

“Investing in our artists helps to build our economy and strengthen our arts and cultural offerings for local audiences and visitors to our great State, and the projects funded across the State through Round 2 will employ over 8,300 artists and reach more than 3.4 million people,” Mr Harwin said.

Over 100 recipients will share in $4 million funding through Round 2 of Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program for 2020/21, with over a third of activity occurring in regional NSW and Western Sydney.

All applications were assessed against published criteria and ranked in order of merit by the Artform Advisory Boards.

For further information on arts and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit the Create NSW website at


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