24 May 2012
Western Australia’s leading cultural institutions have been given a significant funding boost to maintain the visitor experience at Western Australia’s much-loved cultural assets.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the 2012-13 State Budget provided the institutions with an extra injection of $27.5million over four years.
“The extra funds will be divided between the State’s flagship cultural institutions - Perth Theatre Trust, Art Gallery of WA, ScreenWest, WA Museum, State Records Office of WA and State Library of WA - and the Department of Culture and the Arts,” Mr Day said.
"This funding will ensure these institutions continue to support the delivery of culture and arts to the WA community.”
In addition, new funding of $11.23million over four years has been approved to increase the base level of funding for urgent maintenance of the 40 buildings and assets across the Culture and the Arts portfolio.
The Minister said the new money was in addition to the $3million of base funding currently allocated annually for maintenance across the culture and arts portfolio.
“The funding will help address essential maintenance issues, such as building compliance and infrastructure, as well as addressing the public’s level of amenity,” he said
“This will help provide institutions with certainty as the Art Gallery prepares to host the first of its exclusive exhibitions from New York’s Museum of Modern Art; the WA Museum prepares for its new additions; and theatres managed by the Perth Theatre Trust continue to stage world- class local and international productions.”
Some of the major projects to be funded include replacement of:
- main lift in the Art Gallery of WA.
- roof membrane on the State Library of WA
- chillers (air-conditioning) at the Perth Concert Hall.
WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
A DCA fact sheet on the State Budget and how it affects the arts and culture portfolio is also available.