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Grant to implement crafty plan for St George art therapy  


Georges River Council has awarded St George Creative Art and Craft Centre a grant of $46,590 through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
The funding will go towards refurbishments to the Centre’s building, which was established in 1975 to provide a venue for local artists and low-cost art and craft classes for the community.
Vice President of the Centre, Gilbert Sant, said he was “delighted to think that we could, after some 40 years, furbish the building with purpose built cabinets instead of having to rely on donated furniture”.
“The project will provide a more user-friendly area that all students can enjoy,” he said.
Gilbert added he is confident the partnership and collaboration with Georges River Council means that the centre can offer a safe, accessible, attractive and efficient building that is both economically and environmentally friendly.
“We will be able to provide more programs and opportunities for a wider range of community members in a range of arts and crafts media responsive to the needs of our diverse community,” he said.
“This means we can also provide people with disabilities access to participate in art therapy.”
Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said that the centre provides an important social support network and respite for disadvantaged sectors of the community.
“The centre provides not only a wonderful creative outlet for people in the Georges River area, but a very social atmosphere which helps build community spirit,” he said.

The project is due to start at the end of the first term, in April 2017, and is expected be completed by September 2017.
More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A total of $1 million in funding was granted to local community groups.
For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit
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