Monday, 02 March 2015 10:56

WSROC welcomes commitment to Western Sydney arts

Media release, March 2, 2015

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) welcomes the State Government’s announcement that it will increase arts funding in Western Sydney.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “WSROC has long campaigned for increased arts funding and it is great to see the State Government has heard our appeal.”

“In the past, arts funding in NSW has been grossly skewed towards the CBD, with only 5.5 percent of state funding, and one percent of Commonwealth funding being allocated to Western Sydney projects,” he said.

“The Premier’s promise to relocate the one of Sydney’s iconic institutions - the Powerhouse Museum - to Parramatta is a fantastic result for Western Sydney residents, and shows the Government recognises the potential of our vibrant region,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“In addition, $20 million funding for further Western Sydney projects will ensure a rich arts culture can flourish outside the Sydney CBD, where one third of the state’s population live,” he said.

“Western Sydney’s unique mix of global cultures strongly influences arts production in the region, and world class venues will help showcase this talent to local and international visitors,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Western Sydney is also home to a large Indigenous population, who deserve opportunities to express their culture in locally accessible venues.”

“We hope the redevelopment of the Parramatta precinct is just the beginning, and would like to see further investment in the major centres of Fairfield, Liverpool and Penrith in future,” he said.

“Local councils have been instrumental in supporting grass-roots arts initiatives, but further assistance will allow these programs to reach their potential.”

“All tax-payers contribute to funding our state’s wonderful arts institutions, so we look forward to seeing venues that are more accessible to more people,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

 

Further information: 

NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework


 

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 02 9671 4333 


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