Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes

Growing demand for Indigenous artwork assisted by grant

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Growing demand for Indigenous artwork assisted by grant
The quality of artwork and output capabilities of a talented Ballimore-based Aboriginal sculptor will be enhanced through a $202,620 Indigenous Entrepreneurs Package grant according to the Federal Member for the electorate of Parkes, Mark Coulton. 
The grant is part of the Nationals/Liberal Government’s $115 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs Package election commitment.
Mr Coulton said this investment will support Urban Sculpture Aboriginal Corporation in acquiring a water-cutting machine, Metalmaster roll former and a forklift, as well as welding and cutting machinery.
“The purchase of this capacity-enhancing machinery will allow Urban Sculpture Aboriginal Corporation to meet the growing demand for its artwork pieces and to employ local jobseekers,” Mr Coulton said. 
“Adam King is a talented sculptor and currently he is working on a significant instalment for the Barangaroo Reserve development in inner Sydney.
“This funding will enable Mr King to employ an apprentice who can work beside him and learn the skills of industrial sculpting and metalwork.
Mr King said that his metal cutting needs in the region are currently outsourced to third-parties. Funding was requested to purchase equipment to cut and produce the metal artwork in-house.
Mr Coulton said the purchase of equipment will improve profitability, production turn-around time and quality of artwork and provide employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people. 
Owning the equipment will allow Urban Sculpture to meet the growing demand for its artwork pieces. 
In addition, Urban Sculpture plans to engage other Aboriginal businesses in its supply chain where possible, for example in sourcing material.
“Through the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund we are working with innovative Indigenous businesses particularly in regional and remote areas,” the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said. 
“There are many Indigenous entrepreneurs, whose business ideas have the potential to transform their communities, but they just need a hand with the business assets to do the work” Minister Scullion said.
“Through this funding package we are giving Indigenous entrepreneurs a fair go” he added.
 “We also know that successful Indigenous businesses are key to improving employment rates for First Australians” Minister Scullion said. 

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