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Investing in Infrastructure to Grow the State - State Budget 2014-15: Modern equipment for key cultural assets

05 May 2014
  • $7.8million commitment to upgrade equipment at cultural venues
  • Lighting, wireless communications and other improvements

Upgrades to Western Australia’s prime arts and cultural venues will be included in this Thursday’s State Budget. 

In a pre-Budget announcement, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said $7.8million would be spent over four years on new lighting, wireless communications and other building improvements at His Majesty’s Theatre, the Art Gallery of WA, State Records Office, WA Museum and the State Library. 

“Arts infrastructure is the backbone of our cultural landscape and this commitment will ensure these facilities are adequately equipped with modern equipment and services,” Mr Day said.  

Lighting and wireless communications will also be assessed at His Majesty’s Theatre.

“Modernising this equipment will ensure the venue continues to attract a wide variety of performances, as more artists incorporate new technology into their work,” the Minister said.

Funds may also be used to purchase specialist equipment to curate and conserve collections at the State Records Office, WA Museum, Art Gallery of WA and State Library.

Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government continued to invest in the safety and amenity of its buildings.

Mr Day said these investments, along with the $428million commitment to the new museum in the Perth Cultural Centre, demonstrated the Government’s commitment to culture and the arts in Western Australia.