Project funding gets local events and people in the spotlight

Two locally shot and produced documentaries- among many other projects- have received funding as part of Round 1 of the 2019 RADF grant.

Nine organisations and groups in the Bundaberg Region will receive funding to better support their upcoming  projects as part of the 2019 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

A partnership between the State Government and Bundaberg Regional Council, RADF aims to deliver arts project funding to support professional artists in building the community.

Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said a total of $29,585 in funding had been allocated to the nine groups after the RADF committee assessed various applications received by the February due date.

“These groups, while all offering very different projects to one another, have one main goal of providing our community with relevant content inspired by local events or people,” Cr Peters said.

“From documentaries to workshops, music or even a garden and early learning space, each project covers something wonderful that the community can enjoy.”

Local projects

Cr Peters said the recipients included Gidarjil Development Corporation for their project ‘Rediscovering McKenzie Road'.

“Gidarjil have been awarded $6,000 to help Indigenous filmmaker Kaylene Butler document the stories of Elders who have a connection to the North Bundaberg site,” Cr Peters said.

“McKenzie Road is one of Bundaberg’s historical Aboriginal communities which has a connection to a vast number of local families.”

Cr Peters said another project given the green light in funding was ‘World Famous in Bundaberg” by filmmaker James Latter.

“Mr Latter's documentary will focus in the family behind the Busy Bee Fish Bar and the cultural impact their iconic business has made on the people of Bundaberg over their 50 years of operation,” Cr Peters said.

“Included in his submission, Mr Latter stated the documentary would be showcased through a free community screening.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The nine organisations to receive funding in Round 1 of the RADF include:

1. Forestview Community Kindergarten (Indigenous Bush Tucker Garden)- $2,700

2. Jacqueline Read (AFTRS/Screen Queensland Hub Workshop) – $1,000

3. Kathryn Apel (CYA Conference Professional Development) – $2,589

4. Unity Drummers (Drum Beat 3 Day Facilitator Training) – $1,157

5. Cilla Pershouse (Young at Heart – A musical program for elderly residents in the Bundaberg Region) – $4,950

6. James Latter (World Famous in Bundaberg) – $5,200

7. Gidarjil Development Corporation (Rediscovering McKenzie Road) – $6,000

8. St Luke’s Anglican School P & F Association (ArtFeast 2019) – $1,320

9. Ron Lea Investments (Gaydon’s Building Book) – $4,669


  1. On behalf of Unity Drummers Inc., I wish to thank, Bundaberg Regional Council for the opportunity. I look forward to sharing what I learn to the wider community.

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