Member for Manly, James Griffin says a NSW Government grant to the Brookvale Arts District is welcome recognition of the local arts scene and a financial boost to its further development.

The Brookvale Arts District (BAD) will receive $60,000 from Round 2 of the ‘Create NSW Arts & Cultural Funding Program.

Mr Griffin said BAD will use the funding to promote two key programs.


“The first is the 2023 ‘BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival’ which will be held over four days at the State Library of NSW.

“The second program is ‘BAD All Year’, comprising a series of events, including talks by authors, both online and in person, and related programs held in libraries, bookshops and other supportive venues.”

Mr Griffin quipped that despite the BAD title, he is confident that local crime writers aren’t all that bad – or if they are, these programs will provide a great opportunity to improve.

In all, the 2022/23 Round 2 grants will assist 81 projects for a total cost of over $4.1 million. When added to Round 1 allocations, over $10.3 million has been granted to support the arts and cultural sector.

Mr Griffin said, “I encourage all local arts and cultural organisations to ensure they don’t miss out on possible future allocations by visiting and clicking on ‘Funding & Support’.

“The NSW Government’s allocation to the Brookvale Arts District is welcome but there are many more local arts and cultural projects deserving of financial support.

“I will continue to do all I can to help ensure that financial support is forthcoming, so the delivery of homegrown arts and cultural projects and experiences can continue for the benefit of all,” Mr Griffin said.