An economic value study

A study social and economic benefits of cultural facilities in regional centres.


Launched in 2009 Value Added! The social and economic contribution of cultural facilities in Central NSW examined 12 out of more than 75 local government funded cultural facilities which contribute to the cultural and economic life of regional NSW.

Commissioned by Museums & Galleries NSW, in partnership with Orange City Council, Bathurst Regional Council and Dubbo City Council, the study reveals the positive contribution to local and regional communities and their economies made by the council-operated museums, galleries and performing arts centres.

The study showed that regional arts and cultural facilities create an additional 8.5 jobs for every 10 full time equivalent positions and generates almost $9 million in household income.

It also showed that local government funded facilities provide an economic return on their investment by adding more than $14 million across the region.

The facilities and their related activities, were also found to help residents of the three local government areas to think differently about their world, enhance connection within communities and contribute positively to an individual’s sense of place.

The significant contributions by volunteers working in these institutions were also identified by the study. These 500-plus volunteers generate an additional $1.3 million dollars in economic activity, over half a million dollars of household income and 14 additional full time equivalent jobs across the region.

The research also revealed that across the region households combined are willing to pay over $1.1 million per annum to maintain their cultural facilities and current levels of access and service quality.


Research Partners: Western Research Institute

Partner Organisations:

  • Bathurst Regional Council
  • Dubbo City Council
  • Orange City Council

Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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(M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

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