Aunty Ada Simpson, from the Cherbourg Historical Precinct committee, with artist Robert ‘Rocko’ Langton and Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien at The Ration Shed in Cherbourg on Monday

July 9, 2018

Cherbourg’s Historical Precinct committee has received a $59,000 grant from the Federal Government to help re-establish the Barambah Pottery in a permanent home near The Ration Shed.

An old wooden house located nearby in Cherbourg will be shifted within a fortnight to an area behind the Boys Dormitory.

This will be renovated to become a “pottery house” for the artists to use, and there’s also plans to develop an associated gallery and café for tourists.

Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced the grant – from the Federal Government’s $115 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs fund – during a visit to Cherbourg on Monday.

He said he was pleased the government was backing local entrepreneurs in the Wide Bay electorate.

“This project will create jobs in sales and administration at Barambah Pottery, as well as for Cherbourg artists,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The sale of pottery and other art works along with the café will help to build the capacity of the Cherbourg community and provide income for Cherbourg residents.

“The pottery scene has recently been re-invigorated in Cherbourg and this project to re-establish the Barambah Pottery is the next logical step to help it grow and provide more jobs, skills development and economic growth for Cherbourg.”

On Saturday, the Kingaroy Art Team (KAT) held an official opening for the second month of the Winter Craft Festival at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

This month, the gallery is featuring recent works from the Barambah Pottery group, along with paper tole, scrapbooking and photography exhibitions.

KAT member Fran van Vegchel told southburnett.com.au the Barambah Pottery pieces had received strong sales support from visitors to the gallery.

“These are beautiful pieces of work, and we’re very pleased to have them in the gallery,” she said.

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