SMALL HALLS, BIG GRANTS: Burleigh bottle slide performer Jackson 'El Mariachi' Dunn opened the show at the Kalpowar Festival of Small Halls in 2018. Picture: File
SMALL HALLS, BIG GRANTS: Burleigh bottle slide performer Jackson 'El Mariachi' Dunn opened the show at the Kalpowar Festival of Small Halls in 2018. Picture: File

Small halls receive huge grants to keep arts alive

NORTH Burnett small halls will share in more than $23,000 of funding to resurrect the arts post coronavirus.

The Mulgildie School of Arts (MSA) and Kalpowar Hall Committee Inc (KHC) were successful in their application to improve their facilities.

MSA vice president Ivan Dunkley welcomed the $5000, saying he was eager to hold events in the hall once the pandemic has passed.

"We'll be using those funds to renovate our kitchen," Mr Dunkley said.

"So when we're up and running again, we'll be able to cater for everyone."

The KHC are famous for their Small halls Festival they hold in the northern part of the region, and were generously awarded $18,544.35.

Country music stars descended on the town in November last year, including Monto percussionist Jespar Delaney-O'Reilly, Australian folk, roots and gospel blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara, and British singer-songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop.

Their grant will be used to re-oil the exterior of the hall with linseed oil, to preserve the timber features.

These grants come from council's endorsement of the Small Halls Funding Program in November 2019.

This funding was enacted to support rural, volunteer run, small hall management committees to maintain and improve their hall facilities for the community.

Documents tendered at council's general meeting on May 27 showed $40,000 was allocated to the funding program.

Council's community engagement manager Jason Erbacher spoke at their meeting, stating those two halls were the only ones the region who applied.

More than $16,000 will now be dissolved into the council's budget to be used for upcoming projects.


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