Mandurah Hubbub future secured with Regional Grants Scheme funding


MPAC board chairman Rhys Williams, Dawesville MLA Kim Hames, MPAC general manager Guy Boyce and PDC chairman Paul Fitzpatrick.
MPAC board chairman Rhys Williams, Dawesville MLA Kim Hames, MPAC general manager Guy Boyce and PDC chairman Paul Fitzpatrick.

REGIONAL Grants Scheme funding of $50,000 will help ensure the continuing development of Hubbub – the Mini Festival by the Sea – produced by Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

The Royalties for Regions grant will support the festival’s establishment costs and a performance development program.

The scheme is administered by Peel Development Commission.

Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick said Hubbub’s successful pilot program demonstrated its viability and the project aligned directly with Royalties for Region’s stated objectives, as well as Peel Development Commission’s Regional Investment Blueprint pillar of Strong and Resilient Communities.

“Hubbub is a successful performing arts festival in the Peel which encourages first-time arts participants,’’ he said.

“The flow-on effect of becoming engaged in the arts at a local and regional level will positively affect local businesses, tourism and local arts creators.”

As a regional fringe festival, Hubbub offers 60 free and ticketed shows of performance, music, dance, circus and comedy.

Dawesville MLA Kim Hames said the benefits would be felt throughout the wider community.

MPAC general manager Guy Boyce said Hubbub was a great opportunity for artists and audiences to take part in the development of the largest regional fringe festival in Australia.