Armidale Service NSW “One-Stop Shop” ready for business/Artful antics planned for Armidale seniors
STAFF at New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) were delighted to receive news last week from Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall that they’d been successful in an application for $2,200 funding from the NSW Government to run their Artful Antics project.
Mr Marshall met with NERAM Director Caroline Downer last week and said the gallery had applied for the funding through the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program, which has been established to support short-term, locally initiated arts projects.
“I’m delighted this project has been recognised for the value and pleasure it will bring to participants,” Mr Marshall said.
“Artful Antics is a creative day for older people in the community offering a range of fun and hands-on activities.
“It has been designed to give seniors the opportunity to reengage with everything from music, art, theatre, fashion, singing and literature.
“Needless to say, it’s very gratifying to know the NSW Government through NSW Arts funds such valuable programs for seniors in our rural communities.
“I commend the gallery staff on their enthusiasm for the project and I hope all participants have an excellent day.”
Mrs Downer said NERAM was looking forward to hosting the event.
“We’re hoping to bring a whole range of people into the Museum, some of which may have never set foot inside, for day of huge fun and learning,” Mrs Downer said.
“We are very grateful for this funding to help with the costs – every little bit helps.”
The Country Arts Support Program is an Arts NSW devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government on behalf of the NSW Government.
Meanwhile, Mr Marshall welcomed the new Service NSW team at Armidale on the eve of the centre opening, describing it as an exciting day for residents and businesses in the Northern Tablelands region.
Mr Marshall toured through the new centre and said it would not only offer a comprehensive range of services, but also extended opening hours for the convenience of busy locals – 8.30am to 5.30pm weekdays and 8.30am to 12pm on Saturdays.
“I think the community will be very impressed with the look, feel and standards of customer service at this new Service NSW Centre,” Mr Marshall said.
“These expanded services and opening hours will be a great boost for many people, as are the six new jobs it has created.
“I know the new manager Barice Lewis and all the Service NSW team will provide an excellent service to the people of Armidale when the centre opens to customers tomorrow.
“Being able to carry out multiple transactions in one place saves everyone time and money.
“To complement these one-stop shops, the government is making it even more convenient for customers by putting more transactions online.
“New initiatives such as Live Chat, more self-serve kiosks and the Service NSW mobile App also increases convenience for customers,” he said.
Mr Marshall said Service NSW delivered more than 800 government transactions such as driver licence applications, contractor licences, birth certificate applications, housing payments and more.
“Since its launch in 2013, Service NSW has served more than 10 million customers through the digital service, 24/7 phone service and 24 service centres across the State.
“I am looking forward to hearing feedback from the community on how we can continue to improve the delivery of government services into the future.”
For online transactions and further information about Service NSW, visit the Service NSW website www.service.nsw.gov.au