Western Australia Minister for Culture and Arts John Day
State Budget 2010-11: Boost For Literacy Through Libraries
Victor P Taffa
Families with young children will benefit from the State Government’s funding increase for the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program.
“I am very pleased to announce a four-year funding boost, starting with an additional $1.628 Million in 2010-11, to continue and expand the program across the State.” Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said.
“Better Beginnings is designed to raise literacy levels of children throughout Western Australia by providing positive reading influences in the first three years of life, leading to greater success in school and beyond.”
The funding includes $628,000 from the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions program in a total of $2.81 Million over four years.
Mr. Day said the funding was in addition to increased funding for local libraries announced last month.
“Real and consistent funding for local libraries will increase by more than 40 % to $9.307 Million in 2010-11 and, for the first time ever, will be indexed for the following three years.” the Minister said.
“The total funding for 2010-11 will be $10.949 Million, of which $1.642 Million is for State Library materials.”
A total of $56.1 Million will be spent on capital works in 2010-11, an increase of more than $25 Million from the 2009-10 Budget.
This includes funding for the:
- State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in Northbridge – construction is well advanced and completion is expected at the end of 2010;
- Continued of the construction of the Albany Entertainment Centre with transfer from Great Southern Development Commission;
- Maintain the Art Gallery facade which is part of the revitalisation of the Cultural Centre;
- Funding for the Art Gallery Art Acquisition Fund.
The Minister said the WA Museum was working with the Department of Treasury and Finance to prepare a business case for a new museum to be created within the Perth Cultural Centre.
The total service delivery budget for Culture and the Arts for 2010-11 was $118.692 Million, an increase from $104.137 Million in the 2009-10 Budget.
“This Government will develop our cultural sector and support a strong and vibrant arts and culture sector for generations to come.” Mr. Day said.