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Adelaide to build $129M cultural projects

The Federal Government has invested $129 million to build a series of projects that will add to Adelaide’s arts, food and cultural scene.

Through the Adelaide City Deal, $85 million will be invested for a new Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery, $30 million towards the construction of the International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism, $9 million to build The Heysens, $3 million to build a new visitor centre and $2 million towards developing smart technology walking trails at tourism sites.

The Gallery aims to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture and will be designed as an international attraction to drive cultural tourism. The role of indigenous people in the scoping, design and operation of the Gallery will be deeply embedded to recognise the importance of ongoing Indigenous stewardship in the success of the Gallery.

The International Centre for Food aims to generate a strong pool of talented local and international graduates to help the hospitality sector thrive. It will enable the education and training sector to connect with the innovation and advanced technology businesses and agencies also hosted in the nearby area.

The Heysens will create a dedicated space to display the Hans and Nora collections. Han Heysen is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest artists and his daughter Nora was the first woman to win an Archibald Prize in 1938.

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The new visitor centre will be built at Carrick Hill, one of Australia’s most intact 20th century house, museum and garden venues, with the smart technology tails to provide tourists with new ways to explore the city’s cultural landscape.

Minister for Cities Alan Tudge said the projects will boost the cultural economy of South Australia and attract even more visitors for years to come.

“Adelaide is renowned as one of the cultural capitals of Australia, with incredible festivals, galleries, artists, food and wine,” Tudge said.

“More visitors means more jobs. This will be a key theme of the city deal which will soon be officially signed by the Prime Minister and Premier.”

Adelaide attracted more than 2.8 million domestic visitors in 2018, contributing to the $2.3 billion local visitor economy. In the same year, more than 412,000 international visitors spent $1.1 billion in the city.

Premier Steven Marshall said he was delighted that the Federal Government was continuing to back the State Government’s vision for Lot Fourteen.

“Our vision, with the support of the Federal Government, will transform Lot 14 into a job generating hub for generations to come, and is yet another example of what can happen when government’s work together to deliver.”