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Harriet Shing MP:
New Initiative Opens Cultural Doors for Locals

Distance and transport will no longer be a barrier for Latrobe Valley residents wanting to attend cultural events in the regional city.

By Portal Admin - 12th October 2020 - Back to News

Distance and transport will no longer be a barrier for Latrobe Valley residents wanting to attend cultural events in the regional city, thanks to support from the Victorian Governments the Flexible Local Transport Solutions program.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Victorian Government is investing $19,000 to support a new initiative that will see Latrobe City Council work with community groups to help locals access cultural activities in the city.

Under the Latrobe City Arts Accessible Transport Project, the Council will pay local community groups to use their vehicles, like mini-buses, and drivers to take people without access to transport to see some of the exhibitions being held in the region.

The project will cost $34,000 in total, with the remaining funding coming from the Latrobe Regional Gallery and Australian Papers Education and Public Program.

The Governments Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure in regional Victoria.

The program works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

"This innovative project is a win-win for both the community groups who can maximise the use of their transport assets and the community who will gain greater access to cultural experiences without rural living being a barrier."

"Not only does art provide important health, wellbeing and social benefits, but it is also about connection. Being able to physically see an exhibition offers a uniquely personal experience for the viewer, and that kind of experience should not be limited to those who can travel to the gallery without restriction."


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