Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance first time property owners thanks to generous funding through the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation

Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation (SWFW) is excited to announce the receipt of $2.186 million granted funding to support the acquisition of their own premises, located in a prime position within the CBD of Coffs Harbour NSW.  This significant investment by the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) underpins their ongoing commitment to supporting fresh and saltwater activities to create even more opportunities from country for Indigenous Australians to achieve economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits.

The commercial property, comprised of two levels totalling approximately 560 square meters, will serve as office space for SWFW and its social enterprise the National Aboriginal Design Agency on level one as well as a gallery, workshop and retail space on the ground floor to provide a showcase for Aboriginal art and culture from the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr Nations that make up the SWFW region.  

The premises are located at 6-8 Park Avenue, Coffs Harbour with the gallery space boasting 16 meters of street frontage providing incredible exposure for generating regular foot traffic ensuring a high degree of visitation to the gallery, retail and workshop spaces. Our gallery and retail space will focus on promoting artists and makers from across the four Nations withing the SWFW footprint, with the long-term goal of achieving long term sustainability for the organisation and for our communities.

SWFW are enormously appreciative of the ILSC’s grant funding and are excited for the future and the benefits this will bring to Aboriginal communities from across the Mid North Coast.  

A big thank you to all the staff at the ILSC for their partnership and help in making this happen.

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