What's in our local council budgets for art and culture?

A new financial year means it's time to shake the receipts out of your shoebox and sort out your tax return, and it also means new budgets for 2018-19 handed down by our local councils.

Council budgets have to cover everything from roads and rubbish to rebuilding after disasters, and all our local councils are putting a hefty bankroll towards flood mitigation, disaster preparedness, and rebuilding roads and infrastructure after cyclone Debbie.  So, is there any coin left for arts and culture?  Let's have a look.


  • $31.5 million for the new Rockhampton Art Gallery over the next three years, subject to funding from state and federal government.

Banana Shire

  • Murals in Moura and Lawgi, with funds earmarked from the state government's Works for Queensland budget in 2017-18.
  • Biloela Community Resource Centre upgrade, subject to external funding.

Central Highlands

  • $12.2 million to parks and recreation areas
  • $2.8 million to community development
  • $1.3 million to libraries

We'll add information for the Livingstone, Gladstone and Isaac councils when their new budgets are online.