Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building WA - Building a more vibrant Western Australia

    8/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Creating a vibrant lifestyle for Western Australians and attracting more people to the State were crucial to help the State reach its full potential, Treasurer Eric Ripper said today.


    Mr Ripper said $73million would fund WA’s exciting ‘Ignite’ package of arts initiatives - the biggest single State Government arts funding injection in WA history.


    “We have a thriving economy but we must also invest in our cultural and artistic talents to ensure a vibrant future for Western Australians,” he said.


    The Treasurer said the ‘Ignite’ initiatives were designed to transform dance, theatre, music and visual arts as well as change the shape of WA’s cultural landscape.


    “If we are to attract and retain workers to WA, then we need to continue the State’s transformation into a culturally-rich and vibrant place,” he said.


    “The ’Ignite’ initiatives include Australia’s richest indigenous art prize, the nation’s richest literary award, the creation of an acquisition fund for the WA Art Gallery, a major sculpture project, a philanthropy incentive program and sweeping regional initiatives.”


    Mr Ripper said Western Australians could also look forward to significant new arts infrastructure, including a $506million State museum and landmark performing arts venue.


    “The new Museum of Western Australia, to be built on the old East Perth power station site, will be a truly world-class facility and this year’s Budget includes $2million for planning and developing the museum,” he said.


    The Treasurer said the Budget also included ongoing funding of $35.6million for WA’s new $91 million performing arts venue in Northbridge.


    “This is the first theatre to be constructed by a WA State Government and will be a first-class venue complete with a 575-seat main theatre, 200-seat studio space and an amphitheatre,” he said.


    Mr Ripper said the State’s famous lifestyle would also benefit from the Carpenter Government’s recently-announced liquor law reforms.


    “The Carpenter Government is changing the WA scene by offering the hospitality industry innovative licensing models to deliver greater variety to Western Australians,” he said.


    “Consumer tastes and lifestyles in WA are changing and we want to encourage innovation and diversity in our hospitality industry.


    “The reforms represent a generational change in our hospitality environment and the new scene will continue to evolve as the market responds to the new opportunities.


    “The Carpenter Government is enhancing WA’s unique lifestyle for all Western Australians.”


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