$44,000 to jazz up historic hall

Col Agate, Keith Dawson, Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire, Ray Billing, Tina Billing, The Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for Resources, Energy and Utilities and the Arts, Colleen Dawson, Keith McLaren and Robyn Sweeney at Tuesday’s announcement.


BATLOW Literary Institute’s Jazzin’ up the Lit project has received $44,393 worth of funding from the state government to install new stage lighting, sound equipment and retractable exhibition walls.

The funding is part of the first round of the government’s $100 million Regional Culture Fund, which in turn is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund.

It is one of sixty-eight projects from 12 regions across NSW, sharing in close to $50m in the first round of grants.

“The Regional Cultural Fund is all about supporting projects – whether they be big or small – that will enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of our regional communities,” Wagga MP Daryl Maguire said.

“This has been a great win and a great example of the community having a vision to establish a strong cultural identity,” he said.

Batlow Development League’s Ray Billing said the Regional Cultural Fund grant came as the “icing on the cake” for the Batlow Literary Institute.

“It comes on the back of the Arts and Cultural Infrastructure grant of $276,000 received from the NSW Government last year,” he said. “Currently the installation of insulation, heating and cooling has been completed; a commercial grade kitchen to allow catering for functions is underway; and film screen and audio-visual equipment is being sought. New tables and seating for up to 200 plus people will cater for civic receptions, community meetings, concerts, art displays, weddings, literary nights, film nights, federal and state elections, school functions and more.

“The grant will add the professional touch and help make the Batlow Literary Institute the “cultural hub” of Batlow. We thank the NSW Government, The Hon. Don Harwin, and Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire for their continued support in funding these programs in rural towns.