RDA NT partnered with Griffith University, Barkly Regional Arts, and other stakeholders to deliver the Creative Barkly project.
This three-year project aimed to examine how the creative industries builds and sustains regions, using the Barkly region as a case study. Australia Research Council Linkage funding was secured, along with cash and in-kind contributions from project partners. A Research Fellow, Dr Sarah Woodland, led the study.
While the importance of the creative sector to the economy, as well as to community health and well-being, is increasingly accepted this project developed specific measures to capture its value.
The creation of a robust evidence base will directly inform future policy, investment and program development across regional Australia.