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Arts and culture investment remains a priority

The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, in collaboration with CAN WA, has released a report into Arts and Culture in Western Australian Local Government. 

I had the pleasure of attending the launch event yesterday alongside Janet Holmes a Court AC, Deputy Chairman for the Chamber of Arts and Culture, and CAN WA’s Chair George Kingsley.

The report, which includes detailed findings from a survey that was distributed to 140 local government authorities in WA, highlights the opportunities and challenges within local communities and forms a solid platform for more research to be conducted on arts and culture investment.

Local governments are well positioned to engage with the community. Evidence shows that arts and culture programs play a crucial role and can significantly enhance the wellbeing of children and young people, so it was heartening to learn that investment into this important area is not only a priority but is substantial. 

CAN WA has been involved in the development of many successful WA arts and culture programs in WA and this report is an excellent example of their continued efforts in supporting the aspirations and needs of local governments in relation to arts and culture.

Jenni Perkins
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People