Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Additional support for Bundanon Trust

5 July 2017

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts

Ann Sudmalis MP, Federal Member for Gilmore

The Turnbull Government has announced more than $355,000 to support capital works projects at the historic Bundanon property in New South Wales.

Minister Fifield & Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, visited Bundanon Trust today to announce the funding to maintain and protect the property’s heritage.

The funding will go towards the upkeep of the significant cultural buildings, improve site access, and help to preserve and protect its historic art collection. This funding is in addition to the $1.5 million that Bundanon receives from the Australian Government each year.

Mrs Sudmalis said she was thrilled to see further investment into one of Gilmore’s icons.

“Today’s visit is also a chance for Deborah Ely CEO of the Bundanon Trust to showcase the developments, activities and potential of this truly inspiring place,” she said.

Bundanon was donated by Australian artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne Boyd as a gift to the Australian people in 1993. It includes two rural properties on the Shoalhaven River, Riversdale and Bundanon.

Bundanon is maintained as a living arts and environment centre available both for the use of artists, musicians, craftspeople and performers and for the enjoyment of future generations of Australians.

“Bundanon offers art courses and artistic space for school groups, both local and from all over the state. In addition, Bundanon has professional residents for Australian and international artists,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

It operates as a charitable trust to support arts practice and engagement through residencies, education programs and exhibitions, and to promote the value of landscape.

For more information about Bundanon Trust visit: www.bundanon.com.au

Media contacts:

Minister Fifield: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell@communications.gov.au

Member for Gilmore: James Perrin | 0411 179 325 | james.perrin@aph.gov.au

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