Our state is already home to many exceptional artists, cultural organisations and institutions. However, Labor believes our true creative potential is yet to be fully realised.
Labor has a plan to help NSW reach its full potential. Labor will save the Powerhouse Museum from developers,
keep it at its current location in Ultimo, and provide $45 million in upgrades.
A Labor Government, if elected, will redirect savings from cancelling the Powerhouse move towards supporting arts in Western Sydney and rural and regional areas by:
- Building a $500 million world-class cultural institution at Parramatta;
- Redeveloping the Riverside Theatre;
- Doubling the Regional Cultural Fund to $200 million;
- Establishing a $100 million Western Sydney Cultural Fund;
- Creating a $15 million theatre and playwriting support package to support independent theatre and Australian stories;
- Expanding programs in Western Sydney, rural and regional areas including the Sydney Festival’s children’s program;
- Introducing a $40 million Regional Conservatorium of Music fund to support music and students outside Sydney; and
- Better funding for public libraries.
Unfortunately, the Liberals and Nationals have the wrong priorities.
The Liberals and Nationals have allocated $760 million worth of public funds on five cultural institutions which are all within a three kilometre radius of Sydney’s CBD.
The Liberals and Nationals will spend up to $1.5 billion forcing the Powerhouse Museum to relocate from Ultimo – and sell the site to property developers.