Campbelltown Arts Centre receives $79 million to boost Indigenous artworks

The Campbelltown Arts Centre is set to undergo a remarkable transformation with $79 million from the NSW Government’s $420 million community infrast...
Credit: Campbelltown Art Centre Website, 2023

The Campbelltown Arts Centre is set to undergo a remarkable transformation with $79 million from the NSW Government’s $420 million community infrastructure development fund. This large portion of the funding has been allocated to Campbelltown City Council to upgrade Campbelltown’s largest attraction – the Campbelltown Art Centre.

Renowned for its unique creative and thought-provoking exhibitions, the Campbelltown Art Centre has provided opportunities to raise awareness about issues concerning minority groups and the wider Campbelltown community.

Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens recently showcased her exhibition called ‘Embracing Shadows’, presenting artworks that focus on Indigenous communities. Her work is crafted around female identity, Aboriginal injustices, colonial history, and the politics of Australian culture.

With the intention of promoting Indigenous Art, the Campbelltown City Council is actively reviewing existing Aboriginal art within the community and exploring opportunities to expand in surrounding areas. Some Campbelltown residents admit to being unaware of Aboriginal art surrounding the community, acknowledging their knowledge is limited to what has been displayed at the art centre.

Resident Suzie Hannaka believes this upgrade is instrumental in cultivating a thriving cultural scene and educating the community.
“Campbelltown would build more culture. I think the galleries are a way to educate people,” she says.

One notable location where Indigenous art has made its mark is the mural at Minto train station, situated in the heart of Campbelltown. However, residents say the mural was illustrated several years ago without further marks made throughout other parts of the community.

Minto Train Station, 2023 | Credit: Brigette Thomson.

They also express interest in seeing more Indigenous art around the community and, most favourably, discovering more about colonial history and its effects on the Indigenous community.

Campbelltown City Council envisions cementing its reputation as a “premier cultural institution” and plans to expand its facilities accordingly. The NSW government has demonstrated its commitment towards upgrading the Campbelltown Arts Centre after the Government’s $5 billion WestInvest program.

Treasurer Matt Kean also expressed his commitment to Campbelltown, stating, “Campbelltown Arts Centre will significantly enhance the existing facility… WestInvest funding will ensure more artists, locals, and visitors can enjoy a range of arts and cultural facilities.”

With this generous investment, the Campbelltown Art Centre is set to become an even more vibrant hub for creativity and cultural exploration.




Campbelltown’s new Sports and Health Centre of Excellence receives $16 million in funding

The NSW government announces $16.7 million in funding from the WestInvest Program to establish one of Western Sydney's largest sports and health facil...

The NSW government announces $16.7 million in funding from the WestInvest Program to establish one of Western Sydney’s largest sports and health facilities. Partnering with Campbelltown City Council and Western Sydney University, the project aimed to provide the region with first-class resources in education, community development and health.

Credit: Eric Kontos. 2023.

The government recognises that the ‘Campbelltown-Macarthur Place Strategy’ is to create a vision and objectives that set out priorities for the community. This strategy aims to prioritise key goals, including creating greater career opportunities, matching residents to local employment needs, and ultimately developing a network in health and education.

Western Sydney University students have expressed that they will be utilising the Sports Centre of Excellence for their studies, gaining valuable real-life exposure through placement opportunities.

Emma Walker, a current nursing student at Western Sydney University, shared her enthusiasm, stating, “I’ve heard they are building research facilities and Western Sydney Uni students can access it. It will be an important resource for Macarthur.”

The local future health professionals believe that the facility will play a crucial role in enhancing their knowledge, enabling them to advocate for their patients and the wider community, and encourage research. Mei Chen, a current Western Sydney University student studying Health Science, stressed the importance of drawing the government’s attention to Campbelltown, given the growing population in the area.

As part of the partnership, Western Sydney University will seek to establish a range of services within the facility, including a Health and Medical Centre with general practice, medical imaging, allied health, and sports administration. The University’s vision is to promote a community hub model that encourages sport participation, education, health, and overall well-being.

The Ainsworth building, part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, aims to use the Sport and Health Excellence facility as a resource for health science and medical students. It will offer hands-on placements and training opportunities, ultimately producing the best-allied health staff equipped to face the pressures of the healthcare system.

Mayor of Campbelltown, George Greiss says, “I’d like to thank the NSW Government…for helping to bring this project into the heart of Campbelltown, enhancing our signature sport precinct at Campbelltown Stadium”.

Western Sydney is known for its immense support and passion for sports, supporting teams such as Wests Tigers and Macarthur FC. The sports clubs have eagerly agreed to partner with the new facility to support healthy lifestyles, sports, and create exciting research opportunities.

“This is exactly what we have been waiting for and we are delighted the funding has been approved” says Justin Pascoe, CEO of West Tigers.