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A major upgrade is coming to Berrima with over $113K being injected into the community’s arts and cultural infrastructure as part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).

The Berrima Museum Master Plan is one of 68 projects from 12 regions across NSW.

The RCF is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which aims to improve both the economic outcomes and standard of well-being across regional NSW.

Local member Pru Goward said the funding would initiative the project’s first stage, starting with the fit-out of two new exhibition spaces and the introduction of new digital content.

It will also include three large new showcases containing a significant proportion of the Museum’s collection which will be installed for visitors to experience and discover.

“This is a fabulous outcome for the region, and I know these projects will bring a great deal of joy to the people of Berrima,” Ms Goward said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said he was pleased to see such a vast array of exciting projects funded as part of round one of the new arts fund.

“Having grown up and raised a family in a regional area, I know our regional towns and cities can have so much to offer in the arts and culture space,” Mr Barilaro said.

“As a government we have done a great deal of work to improve our economic position and invest heavily in infrastructure, and we want to ensure the benefits of that work extend to all sectors – and that includes supporting our arts practitioners in the regions.

“I congratulate the local community on the successful outcome of their grant application, that will enhance the cultural infrastructure of the entire region,” Mr Barilaro said.

Arts Minister Don Harwin said the fund was established to ensure regional NSW received its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure, no matter where you live.

“Arts and culture is at the heart of every regional community and this first round of funding is evidence that the NSW Government’s commitment to driving growth in arts, screen, culture and heritage in regional NSW is making a difference,” Mr Harwin said.

Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.

Further information about the RCF is available at or email

Picture 1: Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and Arts Minister Don Harwin listen to Berrima District Museum Curator Harlan Hall’s presentation made today. Picture 2: Berrima District Museum President Ian McKay, Curator Harlan Hall, Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and Arts Minister Don Harwin present the Regional Growth Fund cheque


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