Dunne Calls For Increased Canberra Symphony Orchestra Federal Funding

ACT Shadow Arts Minister Vicki Dunne will today call on the Legislative Assembly to support a motion which calls on the Federal Government to increase funding for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Mrs Dunne said it is time for the Federal Government to recognise the importance of the national orchestra for the nation’s capital.

“Since its establishment in 1950, the CSO has had a proud history and strong community support. But it was not until 2007 that the CSO received any Commonwealth funding,” Mrs Dunne said.

“In 2007, the CSO received $100,000 from the Commonwealth and it has remained at that level since, effectively reducing its value each year.

“By comparison, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra received almost $5.9 million in 2011 and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra received $6.2 million.

“More funding could secure the CSO’s role as the orchestra of Australia’s national capital, taking the nation’s capital to the world, and bringing the world to the nation’s capital.

“The government can do much more to promote the orchestra and its potential to the Commonwealth. Today, in the Assembly, I will propose a motion that calls on the government to do that.

“If the government won’t advocate on the orchestra’s behalf, then the Canberra Liberals will, if we are elected to government in October.

“The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is one of Canberra’s best-loved community assets. But it has much more potential. I want to see it reach that potential,” Mrs Dunne concluded.