Concern over state government arts funding

Parramatta councillors have called on the state government to provide "equity in arts funding" across Sydney.

A performer from the Peking Opera.

A performer from the Peking Opera.

A July 14 motion by independent councillor Andrew Wilson stated Sydney CBD companies had been "radically" favoured in the government's 2014/15 budget for its arts and cultural development program.

"I'd just like a bit more equity in arts funding," Cr Wilson said.

"We have a premier who is listening to western Sydney, I think now is a good time to ask.

"We've been told our heritage is very important and that the state government is looking at that, I think it's time we tested that out."

Cr Wilson's motion stated that arts funding for Parramatta had suffered a "net decrease" after inflation after the state government announced in June it would allocate the sector the same amount as it did in its 2013/14 budget.

Cr Wilson said most of the support for western Sydney came from the arts and cultural development program, which after inflation, would see its funding drop from $51 million in 2013/14 to $48 million.

The motion stated much of this money is committed to existing companies and therefore "radically favours the CBD of Sydney".

This story Concern over state government arts funding first appeared on Parramatta Sun.

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