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Question Without Notice No. 713 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon D.A. Templeman
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 June 2020

CORONAVIRUS — ARTS SECTOR

713. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Culture and the Arts:

I refer to the disastrous impact COVID-19 has had on the Western Australian arts sector.

(1) Will the minister please detail what support the McGowan government has given to the arts sector during this pandemic and please include relevant costs?

(2) Will the McGowan government provide further support to the struggling sector in the next six months; and, if so, please detail?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The state government has provided $23.4 million for culture and the arts in Western Australia. This includes $13 million from the Lotterywest COVID-19 $159 million relief fund; $1 million through the regional arts resilience grant program administered by Regional Arts WA to support regionally-based practising artists, cultural practitioners and arts and cultural organisations; over $3 million in rent relief in the form of waived rental payments for culture and the arts small businesses and not-for-profit groups in government-owned buildings for six months through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; $2.5 million through the Screenwest screen industry sustainability package; $1.5 million through targeted acquisition from Aboriginal art centres and independent artists, and a state art collection archive, developed by the Art Gallery of Western Australia's board and the Art Gallery's foundation; and $2.4 million through the ''Under 15k'' quick response program for individual artists or practitioners through the department—this includes $500 000 towards the contemporary music fund. There has been no increase in costs to deliver these programs.

(2) Yes. Over the next six months, the state government will continue to deliver the ''Under 15k'' grants program, which offers artists up to $15 000 to undertake a range of activities, has a turnaround time of 25 business days, and is open all year round; reinstate the ''15k Plus'' round, which is capped at $60 000 for one-off projects or a program of activity; continue to deliver the state's regional film fund with a further $16 million over the next four years; and continue to deliver the $20 million regional arts and cultural investment program.