Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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iT Matters Arts

AEC set to benefit from Nationals plan for improved arts funding

Nationals Statement

Member for the South West Region, Colin Holt MLC, has today launched a Regional Arts Discussion Paper from The Nationals WA, aimed at providing recurrent funding towards key regional arts centres.

Mr Holt said up to $16 million over four years would be allocated to support regional entertainment centres, arts groups and individual projects, should The Nationals WA retain the balance of power following State election.

The Albany Entertainment Centre will be among several venues to benefit from The Nationals’ proposal, along with venues in Geraldton, Bunbury, Broome, Kalgoorlie and Mandurah.

Mr Holt said the discussion paper outlined a positive vision to support the ongoing growth of the arts in regional communities across the State.

“The Nationals will seek to provide recurrent operational funding towards supporting regional entertainment and arts centres, in line with the support the State Government currently offers to arts and entertainment centres in the metropolitan area, such as the Perth Concert Hall,” Mr Holt said.

Mr Holt said the recurrent funding of regional entertainment centres has been an issue advocated strongly by candidate for Albany, Robert Sutton.

“Robert has raised the issue of ongoing Government support for centres such as the AEC on many occasions - recognising that current funding arrangements were inequitable and hurting the viability of local government.”

The discussion paper also calls for a boost in funding to grassroots regional arts and culture organisations, through organisations such as Country Arts WA.

“The arts play an important role in regional communities, contributing greatly to the sustainability of many towns. As well as offering a cultural and entertainment outlet, a vibrant arts scene provides social opportunities, enhanced tourism, and creates opportunities to learn and develop skills,” Mr Holt said.

The Nationals WA will seek input from local arts groups, the public and Local Governments on this discussion paper to help stimulate a transition in overall arts funding in regional WA.

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