Line drawn in the sand

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Peter de Krui­jff

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of Cottes­loe’s pop­u­lar Sculp­ture by the Sea ex­hi­bi­tion are rail­ing against a push to shift the world-renowned event to Scar­bor­ough.

A let­ter has been cir­cu­lated by or­gan­is­ers ac­cus­ing Premier Mark Mcgowan of telling them to re­lo­cate the artis­tic dis­play up the road.

“For rea­sons we do not un­der­stand, since the mid­dle of last year the Premier has been urg­ing us to move the ex­hi­bi­tion to Scar­bor­ough beach,” the let­ter said.

Sculp­ture by the Sea’s found­ing di­rec­tor David Han­d­ley warned last year that the event, which takes about $2.3 mil­lion to run, would strug­gle to con­tinue with­out new fund­ing sources af­ter the loss of a ma­jor spon­sor.

Min­is­ter for Cul­ture and Arts David Tem­ple­man said if the or­gan­is­ers were strug­gling to find ad­di­tional spon­sor­ship to hold the event in Cottes­loe, they should look at other venues.

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win said it was “ex­tremely in­ter­ested” in a po­ten­tial part­ner­ship to hold the event.

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