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increased total of over $7.5 million per year, to Canberra’s leading arts organisations to support arts organisations’ operational costs and contribute to the costs of their activities.

This significant funding announcement is supported by investments in this Budget in key arts infrastructure at Canberra Theatre Centre, Lanyon Homestead and Gorman House Arts Centre, critical to ensuring our creatives and cultural audiences are supported by fit-for-purpose facilities and venues in the ACT.

MR PETTERSSON: Thank you Madam Speaker. Minister, how will these budget and policy initiatives support ACT artists and arts organisations?

MS CHEYNE: Thank you Madam Speaker. The ACT government recognises that a thriving arts, culture, and creative sector comprises an interconnected ecology, and economy, of artists, arts organisations and cultural facilities. This Government is committed to growing and to improving opportunities and outcomes for artists in the ACT by supporting and elevating the entire arts sector, including investment in arts infrastructure, that reflects who we are as a city, and importantly, where we want to be. This budget does exactly that.

To make sure our artists can develop secure and sustainable careers in the ACT, we need to grow the capacity and the capability of our arts sector. This is one of the three key strategies of the Statement of Ambition to position Canberra as Australia’s arts capital.

This is why we have listened closely to ACT artists and arts workers about the need to increase support for the backbone of our sector, ACT arts organisations.

The delivery in this budget of around a ten per cent increase to ongoing funding for arts organisations, supported by our new policy and investment program, will have a real impact on the lives of ACT artists who work, create, develop, exhibit, perform, collaborate and seek valuable support through our network of arts organisations.

We know that for Canberra to be recognised as Australia’s arts capital, the ACT arts sector needs to be competitive on a national level. This speaks directly to the targeted investments we are undertaking in this Budget to improve the safety, functionality, and accessibility at several arts venues across the Canberra region.

Through this comprehensive suite of budget and policy initiatives, the ACT government is significantly investing in the growth of opportunities and outcomes for our local artists, arts organisations and cultural facilities.

MS ORR: Thank you Madam Speaker. Minister, can you please detail the arts infrastructure investments in the 2022-23 budget you mentioned earlier?

MS CHEYNE: Thank you Madam Speaker, and I thank Ms Orr for the question. This Budget recognises the important contribution of the arts sector to Canberra’s culture, our sense of community, our wellbeing, and to our economy. We will continue to support a flourishing and sustainable arts sector by investing in quality arts spaces
and infrastructure.

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