08 May 2014
A total of $148.8million has been allocated to the Culture and the Arts budget in 2014-15. This represents $127.3million for recurrent services and $21.5million for capital works.
Some of the major highlights included in this year’s budget are:
- Over the next four years, $7.8million will be invested in upgrading equipment and facilities at some of the State’s key performance venues and cultural institutions.
This important and significant investment will replace outdated and equipment and technology, bringing our cultural institutions in line with modern practices.
With artists and performers increasingly using technology in their artforms, the availability of modern equipment and services will allow WA audiences to enjoy a wider variety of arts experiences and encourage more touring shows and performances.
This investment will also include specialist equipment needed to ensure the State’s collections held by the State Records Office, WA Museum, Art Gallery and State Library are curated and conserved appropriately.
- The 2014-15 financial year will see the commencement of the Government’s investment of $24million for regional culture and arts programs and activities, reflecting the Government’s commitment to building strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live.
Access to high quality arts experiences and cultural infrastructure increases the liveability of regional towns and cities and enhances the quality of life for Western Australians living in these regional communities.
- A total of $21million has been allocated to the new Museum project in 2014-15. Over the next 12 months, intensive work will continue behind-the-scenes to prepare for the complex build of a new Museum, with the procurement process for a Managing Contractor scheduled to be advertised in late 2014.
Construction is expected to begin on the new wet stores and laboratories at the Welshpool Collections and Research Centre in late 2014. This will ensure that the WA Museum is well positioned to showcase the State’s collections upon the opening of the new Museum in 2020.
The new Museum will showcase the importance of Western Australia’s heritage, history and extraordinary biodiversity.
- 2014-15 will see the commencement of the $2million investment to support ScreenWest’s Production Attraction Program.
The Program will encourage local businesses and creative talent to deliver more Western Australian stories.
Increasing the level of local, national and international productions made in WA aims to boost the economic sustainability of the WA screen industry and promote Western Australia as an international film destination.