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Writers’ centre gets short term funding for 2013

THE South Coast Writers’ Centre, which promotes the development of writing and literary culture in the Illawarra, has secured $77,000 in funding.

The South Coast Writers’ Centre provides an avenue for development, information and networking for young writers in the Illawarra.

State MP for Keira Ryan Park assisted the Centre in being awarded another year of funding from Arts NSW to continue its work in the community.

“The Centre is a membership-based not-for-profit organisation that operates out of the historic Glennifer Brae and this funding is essential to the ongoing operations of the Centre and support for budding writers.

“Organisations such as this play a vital role in our community. This Centre supports and fosters an arts culture within the Illawarra, whilst also playing an important supportive role to the University of Wollongong and expanding opportunities for local residents to enjoy the arts,” Mr Park said.

“I am disappointed however that Arts NSW has decided not to award the Centre the multi-year funding they requested to ensure they are able to continue to provide their wonderful services to writers of the Illawarra” he said.

“I will continue to lobby Arts NSW for this ongoing funding to ensure the continued future of this local Centre” Mr Park said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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