A Daley Labor Government would put $100 million in funding for cultural projects across regional NSW on the line, including additions to the Manning Entertainment Centre, after they today announced they would conduct a review of all funding delivered through the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund.

The Regional Cultural Fund has delivered much needed funding for several projects in the Myall Lakes electorate including Manning Regional Art Gallery Revitalisation and Lake Street Gallery Renovation Stage 2.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said Labor’s announcement was simply reckless and threatened to leave local organisations out of pocket and regional communities without the projects they had fought so hard to secure.

“Labor’s announcement today is a concerted attack on all those organisations across our community and regional NSW that have benefitted from the NSW Government’s record funding for arts and culture in the regions,” Mr Bromhead said.

“In Myall Lakes we’ve seen close to $2 million go towards funding important projects like the New Studio Theatre Space at Manning Entertainment Centre but Labor’s announcement today shows these projects will be the first on the chopping block under a Daley Labor Government.

“What Labor is saying today is that the New Studio Theatre Space at Manning Entertainment Centre didn’t deserve funding and that Taree and the Manning doesn’t deserve world class cultural infrastructure.

“This is a deliberate assault on cultural funding for the bush by a Party and Shadow Arts Minister that would quite clearly prefer that cash was siphoned back to the city and spent on their city mates.

“I am proud to stand here today and say the NSW Nationals are backing these projects 100 per cent. We will not allow Labor’s cynical claw back of cash and we will not allow their city Shadow Arts Minister to tell us whether or not these projects are worthy of funding.

“Our local organisations like Taree Film Society and Friends of Manning Entertainment Centre fought hard for their funding and the projects they’re proposing to develop are going to make a real difference to our community.

“Today’s announcement just shows this is the same old Labor – the same Labor that for years denied funding for important arts and cultural projects in regional NSW.”

The Regional Cultural Fund was established in 2017 with a $100 million set aside to strengthen and support the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW.

Projects that have received funding in Myall Lakes include;

New Studio Theatre Space at Manning Entertainment Centre $1,550,000
Manning Regional Art Gallery Revitalisation $80,000
Refurbish projector to meet industry mandated specifications $58,802
Spacemaking: evolving Nabiac Library facilities $58,449
Upgrade PA System at Manning Entertainment Centre $58,393
New Studio Theatre Sound and Screen
Lake Street Gallery Renovation Stage 2 $49,513
Wingham Museum Workspace and Storage Redevelopment $45,000
Design for New Studio Theatre Space at Manning Entertainment Centre $20,959