Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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iT Matters Arts

Funding increase set for regional arts organisations

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA Candidate for Albany, Robert Sutton has welcomed the launch of a Regional Arts Discussion Paper from The Nationals WA today, aimed at increasing investment into the arts.

Robert said The Nationals WA will boost funding by up to $16 million over four years to support regional arts groups, entertainment centres, cultural centres and individual projects, should the party retain the balance of power following the State election in March.

“This discussion paper recognises the very important role that the arts and culture play in our regional communities,” Robert said.

“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.”

Rob said The Nationals WA would build on existing funding for regional arts organisations, including local and indigenous arts centres, and smaller arts and cultural groups, to enable them to continue to contribute to the vibrancy, liveability and identify of regional WA.

“Groups like Albany Arts Group, Southern Edge Arts and Great Southern Factor would be among the beneficiaries of this increased support.”

Rob said the Regional Arts discussion paper was building on previous arts funding supported by Royalties for Regions including the $40 million Regional Event Scheme which is delivering arts and cultural projects across the State.

The discussion paper will also establish a framework for ongoing funding for regional arts and entertainment centres 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,” Rob said.

Robert 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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