$4.3 million funding commitment for Fabrik Arts + Heritage

Adelaide Hills Council's $1.3 ratepayer funded commitment for the redevelopment of Fabrik Arts + Heritage has received a boost of $1.5 million from the Federal Government and $1.5 million from State funding as Local Economic Recovery support under the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Adelaide Hills Mayor Dr. Jan-Claire Wisdom is delighted and deeply appreciative of this support for Fabrik's development.

"To be honest it brought me to tears. This is a wonderful recognition of the nearly ten years advocacy effort by local community and arts groups and Council's belief and commitment to developing local community capacity."

"It is great response to the massive disruption caused by bushfires and covid in the region, and highlights the value of arts and culture to health and wellbeing in particular for individual and community recovery and building community resilience." 

"The funding boost will enable this special site to be redeveloped, while keeping the original charm and honoring the significant industrial legacy of the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, local Indigenous heritage, and its recent role as a place of relief and recovery."

"This is terrific news not just for Lobethal but also for the broader Hills community and the arts sector in South Australia".

"Fabrik Arts + Heritage is a significant project for Adelaide Hills Council: the vision is innovative and unique, a bespoke facility informed by the community and referenced by its location in the former Onkaparinga Woollen Mill."

"The facility will include exhibition spaces, artist studios, workshops, artists in residence, a retail store and a heritage interpretation display celebrating the history of the Mill including its role in the recent bushfire recovery" said Mayor Wisdom.

Director of Fabrik Arts + Heritage Melinda Rankin has been working closely with the community since its establishment in 2019.

"Since the Cudlee Creek fire, our focus has been on supporting the community in their recovery. After creating space within the walls of the former Blanket Room for the Bushfire Recovery Centre, Fabrik turned its attention throughout 2020 to developing a Creative Recovery program that engaged community members in creative activity as a means to reconnect, reflect and work through the impact of the fires. This included a Re:Gathered market, Market, artist workshops, a craft lending library, the Strum and Stroll event with the Adelaide Guitar Festival and the Regenerate exhibition held at the end of last year.

"This funding ensures that the work of Fabrik will continue to grow, developing the facility into significant arts space within the South Australian cultural landscape," said Ms Rankin.

Visit Fabrik Arts + Heritage

Artists impression of possible Fabrik redevelopments
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