New members appointed to arts committee



Four new members have been appointed for a two-year term to the Regional Arts Development Committee.

The new members are Paul Damms, Nicky Fernandes, Jillian Thompson and Suzanne Bushell.

Suzanne Bushell: is a professional visual artist with 35-years-experience in painting, drawing and sculpture and acting.

Paul Damms: musician and music teacher is the Head of Music at Xavier Catholic College, and president of the Hervey Bay City Musicians.

Jillian Thompson: Until her retirement to the Fraser Coast was Head of School of Textile Art and Design, Darwin (Indigenous) for 16 years.

Nicky Fernandes: has a background in theatre, journalism and design.

The remainder of the committee are Dr Katie Burke and Robert Mackay.

Councillors David Lewis and James Hansen were appointed to the committee.

“The committee consists of independent community members who advise Council on matters relating to the Fraser Coast RADF program,” Cr David Lewis said.

“The Fraser Coast has a vibrant arts scene and the RADF grants help local artists develop their skills, stage exhibitions and events or bring experts to the region for workshops.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between state and local government which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on priorities determined locally.

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture, and heritage as key drivers to support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queensland artists and local communities.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said as part of this successful, long-term collaboration, the Queensland Government will provide $2.13 million for RADF 2022–2023 to a total of 59 local councils, who will contribute a co-investment amount of over $1.9 million.

“Established in 1991, RADF is a long-standing success story between the Queensland Government and regional councils, enabling local artists and arts workers to tell their rich and unique stories, boosting regional employment opportunities and other positive economic outcomes”, Minister Enoch said.  

“For 31 years RADF has provided a legacy of creating new art and cultural experiences for Queensland audiences and communities, and a platform for professional development and growth across the regional arts sector.”

More information about the RADF grants, including the categories and guidelines, is available at

Applications for the next round of the RADF will open on 10 October 2022.