Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Leisure Matters

Funding increase set for regional arts

Nationals Statement

Local Member and Nationals WA Candidate for Warren Blackwood Terry Redman says the Nationals’ plan to  increase investment into regional arts .will assist artistic and cultural endeavours in regional communities like Denmark  

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

“Arts and culture play a very important role in regional WA and particularly in communities like Denmark that have such an active cultural focus,” Mr Redman said.

“A vibrant arts scene delivers benefits through a boost in tourist numbers, social participation and development of creative skills as Denmark Arts has demonstrated through events such as Brave New Works and Festival of Voice.

 “We will build on existing funding for regional arts organisations, including indigenous art centres and smaller arts and cultural groups to enable them to continue the contribution to the cultural life of regional WA.”

“Our Regional Arts discussion paper  builds on previous arts funding supported by Royalties for Regions, including the $40 million Regional Event Scheme which is helping delivering arts and cultural projects across the State, including the Southern Arts and Crafts Trail, Mr Redman said.”

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,” Mr Redman said.

The Nationals WA will seek input from local arts groups, indigenous art centres, 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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