Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Building Better Christmas cheer in Griffith

Media Release


15 December 2017

Joint release with:

Sussan Ley

Federal Member for Farrer

  • Griffith's Festival of Lights gets $18,500 boost from Coalition Government
  • Project funded under Coalition Government's Building Better Regions Fund
  • Almost $500 million fund will build stronger regional communities

Griffith is glowing a little more brightly this Christmas, as families gather for a Moonlight Movie screening of ‘Arthur Christmas’ tonight as part of the city's expanded Festival of Lights.

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said the Festival was being funded under the Building Better Regions Fund, supporting the City of Griffith's desire to build a sense of community during the festive season.

“The movie night, together with bus tours of Christmas lights across town was a free, three-week festival and is a fantastic community-building project encouraging the inclusion of all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds,” Ms Ley said.

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said the fund is part of the Coalition Government's commitment to building stronger communities in regional Australia.

“This festival is a real chance to bring the Griffith community together in the spirit of Christmas. Events like the Festival of Lights create an environment where locals can relax, unwind and get to know their neighbours, and that makes for a stronger community,” Mr Chester said.

“Community Investments under the Building Better Regions Fund let us get behind projects such as events, regional plans as well as capability building activities.”

Mayor of Griffith City Council John Dal Broi said staff had been working hard behind the scenes to make the event a reality.

“12 months ago our Communications Officer had an idea to bring Christmas back to the community. From this, the Festival of Lights was created and this main event, Moonlight Movie at the Museum, is aimed at bringing the community together to celebrate with their families and friends and enjoy a fantastic family Christmas film under the stars.”

The project is jointly funded with the Coalition Government providing $18,500 and Griffith City Council $5,000.