ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Arts Minister Vicki Dunne announced today that if elected, the Canberra Liberals will inject an extra $2.4 million into the Kingston Arts Precinct, and $100,000 per year into the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Mr Seselja said the Canberra Liberals will also provide an extra $50,000 per year to extend arts grants funding with a focus on local artistic development and arts tourism initiatives, and foster commercial opportunities within the arts sector.
“The Canberra Liberals support and understand the important role of the arts in the ACT,” Mr Seselja said.
“That’s why if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will:
Commit an extra $2.4 million to enable the Cultural Facilities Corporation to develop the Kingston Arts Precinct, including a purpose-built facility for Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. This will ensure the heritage value of the Fitters’ Workshop is maintained, and Megalo has space in the precinct.
- Commit at extra $100,000 every year for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra
- Commit an extra $50,000 every year to extend arts grants funding, with a focus on local artists
- Relocate Arts ACT to the Economic Development Directorate, to recognise the contribution of the arts to the ACT economy
- Develop a Creative Industry Plan.
“This plan focuses on supporting local artists and fostering the economic benefits of the arts,” Mr Seselja concluded.
Mrs Dunne said Canberra’s interest and participation in the arts is the highest in the country, with our attendance at galleries, performing events, and volunteering in the arts centre exceeding national averages.
“Our plan will make the most of this local interest by first and foremost supporting local arts,” Mrs Dunne said.
“The Canberra Liberals believe in supporting the arts as an important aspect in building a vibrant community.”