Budget highlights a spend on sport, arts and events

Thursday, 27 June 2019 

The funding of the arts, events and sport and recreation will continue into 2019/20 after Council approved the City’s 2019/20 Budget on Tuesday evening. 

Sports Marketing Australia – responsible for bringing the highly successful Volley by the Bay and WA Statel Road Cycling Championships to Bunbury – will receive $152,000 to secure more sporting events in Bunbury. 

The South West Sports Centre aquatic change room amenities will be upgraded at a cost of $350,000 while the detailed design for the Hay Park sporting precinct will be funded at $120,000. 

About $2.3 million has been set aside to build the Hay Park Central Pavilion. 

The City will provide financial support of $426,300 to the South West’s premier and award-winning entertainment venue the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre as well as the Stirling Street Arts Centre (SSAC). 

As well as the current redevelopment of the SSAC the City will allocate $86,000 in operating and capital expenses to the centre. 

The Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) will undergo $140,000 worth of improvements with the redevelopment of the foyer and lighting upgrades scheduled for 2019/20. 

BRAG will have $21,000 to spend on acquiring art for the comprehensive City Art Collection and $80,000 to conduct Indigenous arts programs – a first for the gallery. 

The historical King Cottage Museum will receive $31,000 in financial support from the City and another $10,000 will help the Bunbury City Band. 

Next year will also see the City commit $45,000 for the Bunbury Fringe as part of its three-year seed funding round as well as the continuation of the Events Funding Program which supports local events to the tune of $254,000. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said supporting arts and culture, events and sport was integral to having a strong and vibrant community. 

“Sports, arts and culture and events bring the community together whether as a participant or as a spectator and the City recognises the importance of ensuring funding and support continues for these,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“Bunbury is home to some world-class facilities and this budget makes sure these facilities are maintained and upgraded when necessary.”