Country Arts calls for funds for regions
Country Arts WA has called for significant ongoing investment into the arts across WA with the release of its Regional Arts Policy Framework last week.
The organisation is advocating, ahead of next year’s State Election, to have current funding levels continued, with $24 million invested in four years in regional arts through the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions Program.
CAWA is lobbying for continued regional arts funding of $24 million from 2020 to 2024, as well as an additional $19 million in the same period to address unmet needs and deliver new programs and initiatives.
CAWA chairman Ross Beckett said investing in a thriving arts, culture and creative sector was an investment in the State’s future.
“Arts and culture have a key role to play in making regional communities liveable, accessible, dynamic and diverse places to live,” he said.
“Hundreds of jobs have been created in the last 12 months ... and there have been positive flow-on effects for local economies such as increased tourism as well as greater social and cultural vibrancy.
“Our research showed that for every $1 invested in 2015-16, regional arts organisations leveraged a further $3.”
The additional $19 million would go towards investment in Aboriginal art centres, establishment of a cultural partnership program, expansion of touring programs for schools, mentoring for youth art programs, investment into West Australian Music’s regional program and support for visual arts.
Chamber of Arts and Culture WA executive director Henry Boston said there was a lack of facilities in regional WA.