Queensland deserves its fair share of federal arts funding

Queensland deserves its fair share of federal arts funding.

Queenslanders pay nearly 20 per cent of the nation’s individual taxes but receive only around 6 per cent of core arts funding. We don't get our fair share when it comes to Australia Council grants, either.

Along with the Shadow Minister for the Arts, the Hon Tony Burke MP, I have announced a federal commitment of $332,900 for the Bille Brown Theatre and the Diane Cilento Studio at Queensland Theatre.

Queensland Theatre has a proud tradition of telling uniquely Queensland stories, written, produced, and performed by Queenslanders.

Labor knows the value of the arts in our community and if elected a Labor Government will commit $332,900 to Queensland Theatre for the refurbishment and expansion of their Bille Brown Theatre and Diane Cilento Studio into performance and youth spaces.

Nearly 100,000 patrons see shows at Queensland Theatre every year, and the redevelopment of the Bille Brown Studio will allow that number to grow substantially.

With this money, Queensland Theatre will be able to refurbish what was once a rehearsal studio into a fully operational, 350 seat theatre, so they can continue to share Queensland and Australian stories. They'll also be able to upgrade the space used for student and youth programs.

The LNP must now be called upon to match this commitment.

Will you sign my petition to call for funding for Queensland Theatre's Bille Brown studio project?