by Martin Volz
AFTER nine years of lobbying by the Charleville arts group, federal funds amounting to $350,000 have been allocated to build a permanent art exhibition space in Charleville's Cultural Centre.
While Murweh Shire continues its push to develop tourism industries in the south-west, Charleville arts group spokesperson Karen Tully said the art exhibition space would "first and foremost” be available for locals to view art pieces created locally and further afield.
"It will be a blend of both local and city content,” Mrs Tully said.
"We'll bring in exhibits that provoke thought and stimulation and get people thinking.”
It is still unknown when the exhibition space will be built at the Cultural Centre.
Mayor Annie Liston said the council had asked officials for a time extension to get the space built and operating.
Data compiled by the arts group found that 64 per cent of residents living in the 4470 post code practised some form of art or craft.
The data also found that 99 per cent of survey respondents would prefer to see photography exhibits followed by traditional art forms. For over 130 years, the town has never had a permanent exhibition site, transforming pubs and other halls into exhibition sites when need be.
"It is very reassuring it (an exhibition site) is a priority,” Mrs Tully said.
"Charleville is getting something that communities to the north, south, east and west have.
"We are a missing link.”