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ELECTION SPOTLIGHT: WA Labor announces regional music funding

15 Feb

Here at WAM, we’re passionate about supporting WA music, which is why we’ll be covering the major parties’ electoral commitments to the WA music industry in the lead up to the WA state election, sharing any of the key policies that directly affect the industry.

Recently, Labor Candidate for Kalgoorlie Darren Forster announced McGowans Labor Government will invest $20,000 in the development of the music industry in regional communities. The music recording project in the Northern Goldfields is a result of the successes of West Australian Music (WAM’s) previous “Sounds of” projects in the Goldfields and Wiluna. The funding will allow musicians studio-recording time to create quality ‘demo’ tracks for broadcast on community radio.

Read below for the full statement:


Darren Forster LABOR FOR KALGOORLIE

Thursday, 9 February 2017

WA Labor to contribute an extra $2million towards upgrading “Outback Way” in Laverton

A McGowan Labor Government will contribute an extra $2million towards sealing the “Outback Way” from Laverton to the Northern Territory border.

“Australia’s Longest Shortcut” is a well travelled road and tourism feature of the Goldfields.

A McGowan Labor Government will also invest $20,000 in a music project for Leonora, Laverton and surrounding communities. The music recording project in the Northern Goldfields is a result of the successes of West Australian Music (WAM’s) previous “Sounds of” projects in the Goldfields and Wiluna.

The funding will allow musicians studio recording time to create quality ‘demo’ tracks for broadcast on community radio.

A McGowan Labor Government will also invest $25,000 in shade sails at Children’s Playground in Leonora, $40,000 for solar lighting to the footpath between the town and Wongatha Village and $50,000 for a relocation of a playground and Skate Park to community hub in Laverton.

Comments from Labor candidate for Kalgoorlie Darren Forster:

“The extra commitment today by WA Labor towards sealing the Outback Way road will be welcomed by the local community and tourism operators in the Goldfields.”

“I am pleased a McGowan Labor Government will fund a music project for the northern Goldfields.”

“As a result of the success of the WAM’s “Sounds of” project in the Goldfields and Wiluna, community members were keen to conduct a music recording project.”

 “There was a huge interest in the recording of local stories through song, from local people in Leonora, Laverton and Mt Margaret, Cosmo Newberry and Mulga Queen.”


Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

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