The Clarence and Richmond Valley arts community is being encouraged to come forward with ideas to get a share of the NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Cultural fund, which is part of the new $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund. Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the Fund will support the building of new artistic and cultural spaces such as galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and halls, as well as the upgrading or repurposing of existing arts, screen, culture or heritage infrastructure for local communities. “I want to hear from locals how we can enhance our arts infrastructure,” Mr Gulaptis said. “This investment has been made possible by the Liberals and Nationals Government successfully getting the State’s finances in order. “The North Coast is arguably the art capital of regional Australia and as always I want to make sure we get at least our fair share here in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys,” Mr Gulaptis said. Expressions of interest for the Regional Cultural Fund are now open and close on September 4. Up to $25 million will be made available in the first round of funding. For further information, including guidelines for applicants, go towww.create.nsw.gov.au.