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Funding Secured for Slim Dusty Centre

A lasting tribute to country music legend Slim Dusty has become a reality with an injection of funding from the New South Wales Government.

Premier Morris Iemma has today presented a cheque for $1.5 million to the singer’s widow, Joy McKean, to build the Slim Dusty Centre in his NSW mid-north coast home town of Kempsey.

The money comes on top of federal funding and $300,000 the State Government has already provided to the Slim Dusty Foundation to buy 12 hectares of Crown land on the Pacific Highway.

Mr Iemma says the centre will house memorabilia to showcase the Australian’s life story.

“What he did for Australian country music – putting it on the map – deserves to be recognised and rewarded,” he said.

“Those 60 years of memorabilia that he has collected deserves a place that it can be stored safely and securely but also exhibited.”

Ms McKean is hoping to regain some more space in her home. She says she is excited that construction can finally start.

“We’ve collected manuscripts too from old writers,” she said.

“We have all of Slim’s awards. I think we’ll have one little area where we’ll put all the gold records, Golden Guitars and all sorts of awards.”

Acknowledgement to

‘The Sizzlers’

‘The Sizzlers’ are back in action again at  Home Hardware, Munno Para after their numerous fundraising expeditions.

The Sizzlers are the small army of committee volunteers and supporters who meet most Saturdays 9am to 2pm to raise funds for Gawler Country Music Club Inc.

Well done Folks, and remember ‘A Sizzle at Home Hardware is worth two anywhere else!’

                                   And thanks to our sponsors:

  Home Hardware

(Munno Para)

  Steak of the Art

                               (Munno Para)

                                 Bakers Delight

                                 (Munno Para)