TONY BURKE MP
MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR WATSON
CHRIS HAYES MP
CHIEF OPPOSITION WHIP
MEMBER FOR FOWLER
ANNE STANLEY MP
MEMBER FOR WERRIWA
MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL
LABOR COMMITS TO MAJOR WORKS AT CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE
Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for the Arts, Chris Hayes, Member for Fowler, and Anne Stanley, Member for Werriwa joined together to announce that a Shorten Labor Government will provide over $500,000 towards restoring and expanding elements of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC).
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government building the services our community deserves, or more cuts and chaos from the Liberals.
The first part of this commitment is $296,000 towards restoring the Indigenous Koori Floor to improve safety, accessibility, cultural connection, and educational opportunities. Due to celebrate its 25th anniversary in October 2019, the Koori Floor is a major artwork created in 1993 by indigenous artist Judy Watson. It forms a key feature in the turbine hall of CPAC, covering 600 square metres of the turbine hall of the Casula Powerhouse.
The second part of a Shorten Labor Government’s commitment to CPAC is $273,000 for an External Artist Studio and Workshop extension. The extension will allow an additional 6,000 people per annum to enjoy art classes, courses and workshops of various kinds in this new building, ranging from life drawing, watercolours and ceramics to acting and other performing arts.
The studios will provide an opportunity for artists staying in the residence to have a space during business hours and out of hours, to make artwork. Access to a studio is currently restricted to business hours and limited by other user group bookings.
These announcements build upon Labor’s strong track record of supporting the arts. The arts belong to all Australians and they are part of our national identity and our egalitarian tradition. This commitment to CPAC will provide access to artistic skills development in disadvantaged communities and employment and professional development opportunities.
FRIDAY, 10 MAY 2019