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Lake Mac sectors in need receive a boost

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Grants of up to $150,000 are set to stimulate Lake Macquarie’s economy.

Divided between, Local Heritage Places Grants, Council’s Event Funding Assistance Program and the Creative Industry Grant Program, the grants will provide a broad range of financial assistance to the community.

Events and Festivals Coordinator Petti McInnes said the council had approved funding assistance for 24 events in 2020-21, worth a total $132,510.

The Fernleigh15 fun run, Swansea Carols, Lake Macquarie Music Society’s ‘An Afternoon at the Opera’ and SWANfest Swansea food, wine and music festival are among the events to receive funding.

“Pending the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, these events have the potential to attract more than tens of thousands attendees,” Ms McInnes said.

“This is expected to provide more than $1 million in direct and flow-on benefit to the local community.

“Events and festivals stimulate community spending, generating employment and income for performers [and] local businesses.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said it was important for the council to support local events and activities, particularly following the economic downturn created by COVID-19.

“Council is always looking to support individuals and organisations in their endeavours,” she said.

“We want people to feel supported, and we are always keen to provide social, economic and environmental benefits to our City.”

The Local Heritage Place Grants program will provide $25,000 across seven heritage listed properties. The program aims to assist owners to undertake conservation and preservation across Lake Macquarie. 

Meanwhile, Round Two of the Creative Industry Grants Program will help the ongoing development of cultural and creative industries in Lake Mac.

Major Projects and Innovation Coordinator Joanne Smith said 14 local emerging artists had been awarded a total $11,500.

“This second round was an acknowledgment of how significantly creative industries have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions,” Ms Smith said.

“The Creative Grants are an innovative response to the current COVID-19 restrictions sector and are unique for Local Governments in NSW.

“We have been able to fund over 20 emerging artists in our City since March, which has in a small way provided a lifeline over this difficult time.”

“Our grants provide a platform to support different sectors of our City, ensuring that Lake Mac flourishes.”

More information about Lake Macquarie City Council’s grants programs visit its website.

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