Nationals in Government fund Launceston-based Tassie arts and sports

Two Launceston-based statewide arts and sports groups have come out winners thanks to Nationals in Government grants totalling $95,000, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin announced at Launceston’s City Park on Friday.

Senator Martin delivered the good news alongside Ms Frith Mabin Executive Producer of the Junction Arts Festival, Ms Patricianne Cochrane, President of the Show Horse Council of Tasmania and Nationals federal candidates Carl Cooper and Deanna Hutchinson.

“The Nationals in Government are delivering $79.000 for the Junction Arts Festival to complete Junction’s Little Devil, a purpose built, multi-use performance space, that can house an audience of up to 120 people,” Senator Marin said.

The Chair and President of the Junction Arts Festival Liz Frankam said the Little Devil would feature as part of this year’s Spring Junction Arts Festival and will also be available for hire supporting community projects and festivals, around regional Tasmania.

“We are delighted to receive the funding support from Senator Steve Martin; the Senator continues to be a huge champion for regional Tasmania, and it’s very important to see the arts being supported in regional areas” Ms Frankam said.

Senator Martin said the Nationals in Government were also give the Show Horse Council of Tasmania $15,000 to buy portable marquees, a PA system, portable arenas and associated soft infrastructure for use at equestrian events and training.

“This is real money from the 2018/19 Commonwealth Budget, not an election promise,” Senator Martin said.

“Carl Cooper, Deanna Hutchinson and I get out and meet these community groups, listen to what locals want and then I go and fight for them in Canberra. It is great news that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to release the money.”

“It is all about our agenda to get a fair share for regional Tasmania and help build stronger local communities.”