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Investing in cultural industries to support job creation

The State Government has announced it will provide $7.5 million towards the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s rooftop activation project.

An additional $2.5 million will go towards the acquisition of contemporary Western Australian, Australian and international art through the TomorrowFund.

Investing in the cultural industries will help support the creation of new jobs and boost economic activity in the cultural space.

This project will contribute to the activation of the Perth Cultural Centre with the planned completion to align with the opening of the New Museum in 2020.

A total of $133.3 million is budgeted to be spent on asset investment in 2017-18, including $121.4 million for the continued delivery of the New Museum Project and $10.2 million for library materials for public libraries and the State reference library.

Touring art exhibitions in regional areas will be boosted with $8 million in funding over the next six years, which will give people living outside the metropolitan region increased access to arts and culture and widen the exposure of collections travelling throughout the State.

Regional museums are unique in enabling people to engage with the region’s history, arts and heritage through the preservation of historical artefacts and collections.

To help regional museums promote their collections and attract more visitors, the McGowan Labor Government is establishing a $750,000 fund which will provide grants to regional museums to apply to improve, promote or restore their collections.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

Source: Government of Western Australia.